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Amos T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-798)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-798

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.

Author/Creator
T., Amos, 1926-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
November 9, 1986.
Language
English
Copies
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.