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Irwin W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-661)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-661

Videotape testimony of Irwin W., who was born in Sladkow Maly, Poland in 1920. He recalls a difficult, but socially rich, life; ghettoization; escaping from a mass killing with his brother; hiding with farmers; joining the Polish underground as a non-Jew; leaving when exposure was imminent; entering Kielce concentration camp; forced labor for HASAG; sabotaging production; transfer to Częstochowa; evacuation to Buchenwald, then Stassfurt; working in coal mines; being abandoned by the guards on a death march in Czechoslovakia; attempting to enlist in the Soviet army; rejection due to ill health; returning to Częstochowa, Chmielnik, and Kielce to seek family members; leaving his hometown to avoid antisemitic violence; learning two sisters had survived; finding one and seeking the other in many cities; living in Berlin, Munich, and a displaced persons camp; and emigration to the United States. Mr. W. discusses many incidents in hiding, the camps, and after the war, and notes frequent nightmares as a consequence of his experiences.

W., Irwin, 1920-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1985
Interview Date
October 10, 1985.
Sladkow Maly (Poland)
Częstochowa (Poland)
Chmielnik (Województwo Świętokrzyskie, Poland)
Kielce (Poland)
Munich (Germany)
Berlin (Germany)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irwin W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-661). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.