Meyer R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-645) interviewed by Marilyn W. Silin and Gordon Maguire
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1985
- Interview Date
- October 10, 1985.
- 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.
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.