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Sol W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1543) interviewed by Lidya Osadchey and Dana L. Kline,

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    Videotape testimony of Sol W., who was born in Chrzanów, Poland in 1926. He describes his religious upbringing; antisemitic incidents; German invasion in September 1939; an unsuccessful attempt to flee with his family; forced labor; public executions; clandestine religious services; transfer with his brother David to Bobrek in 1941; slave labor in a coal mine; their transfer to Blechhammer in spring 1942; frequent hangings; assistance from David when he was critically ill; their transfer to Brande; eighteen months in a Sudetenland labor camp with improved conditions; their transfer to Langenbielau, then Faulbrück and Striegau; assistance from a German guard; separation from David upon transfer to Gross-Rosen in January 1945; evacuation to Leitmeritz; observing cannibalism; walking to Terezín at the end of April; assistance from the Red Cross; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. W. recounts walking to Raskov with his cousin; returning to Chrzanów via Prague in May; reunion with David and his sister; traveling to Reichenbach; living in Marktredwitz; assistance from the Joint; reunion with their other brother; and emigration to the United States. He discusses the importance of being with David to his survival and his reluctance to discuss his experiences with anyone but David until recently.
    W., Sol, 1926-
    Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1990
    Interview Date
    October 23, 1990.
    Chrzanów (Poland)
    Ves Raskov (Czech Republic)
    Dzierżoniów (Poland)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Marktredwitz (Germany)
    Cite As
    Sol W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1543). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Osadchey, Lidya, interviewer.
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Associated material: David W. Holocaust testimony [brother] (HVT-1687), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 4 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

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