Marcel W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2165) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Claudine Zumstein
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1992
- Interview Date
- February 17, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Marcel W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2165). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Marcel W., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1922. He describes his family's move to France in 1931 due to antisemitism; participating in scouts and Zionist activities; working with his father as a watchmaker; German invasion; anti-Jewish measures; incarceration with his family in the Vélodrome d'Hiver in July 1942; walking out with his sister; returning, unable to abandon his parents; transfer to Pithiviers; organizing the children; deportation with his brother and father to Birkenau (he never saw his mother and sister again); assignment with his brother to the mason's school; his brother's death from a beating; and transfer to Auschwitz as a watchmaker with his father. Mr. W. recalls his father's selection for death; staying in the infirmary; his friend's assistance; non-Jews who shared food with him; transfer to a munitions factory in Zgoda (Świętochłowice); slowing down production; telling French non-Jews about Birkenau, and, through them, sending letters to his fiancee (he reads from them); transfer to Buna/Monowitz in November 1944; public hangings; hospitalization during evacuation in January 1945, eight days before liberation by Soviet troops; living in Kraków until April; returning to Paris; and his marriage. He discusses the differences between Jews and non-Jews in the camps.