Mordechai M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4449) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2012
- Interview Date
- May 31, 2012.
- 3 copies: DV Cam master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mordechai M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4449). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mordechai M., who was born in Jabłonna, Poland in 1931, the older of two brothers. He recalls attending cheder and public school; antisemitic harassment in school; his father's draft into the Polish military; German invasion in 1939; his father's return; ghettoization in Legionowo; his mother obtaining food outside the ghetto from Poles she knew; her escape after she was caught and beaten; his grandfather's and uncle's deaths during an epidemic; his father persuading a non-Jewish physician to operate on his mother, which saved her life; creating an attic hiding place; the Jewish police warning them of the ghetto's liquidation; hiding with others during the round-up; their family (his brother, parents, grandmother, aunt, and two cousins) escaping the next night; hiding with a Polish woman for over ten months, then with two Polish sisters; studying Catholicism with the sisters after their priest warned them not to hide “pagans”; his grandmother surrendering herself (she was killed); their escape to the woods when the front neared; assistance from Soviet POWs; separation from his aunt and cousins; a German military unit employing them; his father creating false papers using their Polish neighbor's name; his aunt's and cousins' return; remaining with the Germans when the unit moved; working for another unit in a village; abandonment as the Soviets approached; hiding in a ditch during the bombardment; living in a displaced persons camp in Germany; emigration to Israel in 1948; serving in the military; and moving to the United States. Mr. M. discusses a trip to Poland with his wife and children. He shows photographs.