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Abe W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1000)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1000

Videotape testimony of Abe W., who was born in Poland in 1914, one of six children. He recalls living in Łódź; attending Jewish and public schools; working in his uncle's factory; German invasion in September 1939; traveling to Warsaw, Mszczonów, and Częstochowa; unsuccessfully attempting to enter the Soviet zone; deportation to Luckenwalde then Kraków; returning to the Łódź ghetto; moving his father and brother to Piotrków Trybunalski; having to remain in Łódź with his mother and other siblings when the ghetto was closed; a privileged position in a German factory; his brother's marriage; hiding his mother and sister during round-ups; using his position to assist others; public hangings; a clandestine seder and prayer groups; deportation to Auschwitz in summer 1944; separation with his brother from his mother and sister; transfer to Hannover; slave labor; assisting his brother; religious observances; transfer to Ahlem, then Bergen-Belsen; being assigned to move bodies to mass graves; liberation by British troops; hospitalization; the Red Cross transporting him and his brother to Malmö, Sweden; living in Stockholm; marriage, his daughter's birth; emigration to the United States; and the birth of twins. Mr. W. shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
W., Abe, 1914-
Published
Columbus, Ohio : Children of Holocaust Survivors, Columbus Chapter, 1987
Interview Date
July 26, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abe W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1000). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.