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Meyer R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-645) interviewed by Marilyn W. Silin and Gordon Maguire

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-645

Videotape testimony of Meyer R., who was born in Kielce, Poland in 1917. He recalls his family's Zionist commitment and organizational participation; joining the family lumber business at age eighteen; draft into the Polish military in 1938; fighting on the German front (90% of his unit was killed); withdrawing to Warsaw; capture in battle; incarceration in a POW camp in Germany; transfer by train to Poland in spring 1940; escaping from a mass killing of POWs; returning to Kielce, which had been ghettoized; marriage; attempts to organize resistance; liquidation of the ghetto in August 1942; deportation to Pionki; a Ukrainian guard assisting his escape with his wife; spending a winter in the forest; returning to Pionki because of his wife's illness; Gestapo interrogation and beatings in prison; transfer to Gross-Rosen, then nine other camps ending at Neuengamme; slave labor in a steel factory; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; resigning himself to death after witnessing cannibalism; assignment to a burial detail; liberation by British troops; hitting a German with his last bit of strength; and transfer to Sweden with assistance from the Swiss Red Cross. Mr R. recounts reunion with his wife; four years of recuperation; and emigration to the United States in 1952.

Author/Creator
R., Meyer, 1917-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1985
Interview Date
October 10, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time
Cite As
Meyer R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-645). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.