Amos T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-798)
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
- Interview Date
- November 9, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time
- Cite As
- Amos T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-798). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Amos T., who was born in Tel Aviv, Palestine in 1926 and raised in Zawiercie, Poland. He describes his Hebrew education; German invasion; an unsuccessful attempt to flee east with his father; the Judenrat's role in organizing the ghetto and supplying forced labor; hiding to avoid deportation; attending the Judenrat's electricians' training; forced labor at an ammunition factory; separation from his parents during the ghetto's liquidation in August 1943 (he never saw his mother again); assistance from the factory administration; obtaining documents as a non-Jew from a Zionist group; escaping two months later with assistance from a Polish woman; traveling to Gleiwitz with assistance from a Pole; volunteering for forced labor in Germany as a Pole; factory work in Ottmuth labor camp; exposure as a Jew; deportation to Ebensee; and liberation by United States troops. Mr.T. recalls reunion with his father in Munich; participating in the Dachau war crime trial; emigration to the United States in September 1950; and testifying at a trial in Hamburg in 1984. He discusses the German tactic of killing hostages to prevent resistance; difficulties explaining these events to his son; and the need for revenge.