William N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1162) interviewed by Jeanette Peckerman and Rosie Frydman
- Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1988
- Interview Date
- June 1, 1988.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- William N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1162). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of William N., who was born in Zawiercie, Poland in 1923. He recalls antisemitic harassment; German invasion; fleeing to Wolbrom; returning after several days; forced labor; one brother fleeing to the Soviet Union; his other brother volunteering for forced labor in Germany, hoping to protect his parents and William N.; deportation to Ottmuth, then Fünfteichen/Markstädt in 1942; receiving packages from his parents through a Polish factory worker; a severe beating after being caught with extra food; his brother's arrival in 1943; frequently helping each other; their transfer to Gross-Rosen, then Buchenwald; separation from his brother when he was transferred to Spaichingen; a death march to Dachau; observing cannibalism; escaping with another prisoner; a German feeding and sheltering them; liberation by United States troops; becoming ill from eating; reunion with his brothers in Memmingen; marriage; a child's birth; and emigration to the United States. Mr. N. discusses planning to kill Germans and not be Jewish if he survived, but just wanting to live after liberation. He shows photographs.