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Israel W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1160)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1160

Videotape testimony of Israel W., who was born in Zawiercie, Poland in 1922 to a family of five children. He recalls their orthodoxy; his father working as a kosher butcher; antisemitic harassment; his parents' deaths in the 1930s; working as a furrier in Sosnowiec, Łódź, then Zawiercie; German invasion in 1939; reporting for forced labor in 1940; slave labor in Auenrode, Markstädt, Janislawice (Johannisdorf), Gross Masselwitz (he was separated from his brother there and never saw him again), Breslau-Neukirch, and Fünfteichen/Markstädt; a death march to Gross-Rosen; train transfer to Buchenwald and Bisingen; liberation from a train; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; and returning home. Mr. W. discusses details of camp life; severe beatings; assistance from other prisoners; inter-group relations in the camps; and learning the fate of his siblings from survivors who had been with them (he is the sole survivor of his family).

W., Israel, 1922-
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1988
Interview Date
January 14, 1988.
Zawiercie (Poland)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Israel W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1160). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.