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Irwin W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-661)

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-661

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    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)
    Cite As
    Irwin W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-661). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 1 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Antisemitism Postwar.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.

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