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Reuben N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1021) interviewed by Nina Taus and Sandy Hoffman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1021

Videotape testimony of Reuben N., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1920. He recounts his parents' deaths; living with relatives in Mława; visiting his sister in Płonsk; antisemitic harassment; participating in Betar; volunteering for the Polish military during the German invasion; traveling to Płonsk, then Ciechanów; a public hanging; forced labor; assistance from a Pole in escaping; joining Armia Ludowa in Praga; obtaining false documents and authentic baptismal papers; capture in Pułtusk in spring 1943; imprisonment in Pawiak and Szczecin; deportation to Auschwitz; learning his sister was alive; volunteering for transfer after a Pole suspected he was a Jew; arrival at Mauthausen; slave labor outside the camp; a death march returning to Mauthausen in spring 1945; liberation by United States troops; a six-month recuperation; returning to Poland; leaving due to pogroms against Jews; living in Berlin, then Hannover; hearing from his sister; attending veterinary school; marriage; emigration to the United States in 1949; completing his studies in Germany in 1951; and his career in the United States. Dr. N. discusses relations between prisoner groups and POWs; surviving due to his faith, hiding his Judaism, and kindnesses of others; health problems resulting from the war; and painful memories. He shows photographs and memorabilia.

Author/Creator
N., Reuben, 1921-
Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1987
Interview Date
July 13, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Reuben N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1021). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.