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William N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1162) interviewed by Jeanette Peckerman and Rosie Frydman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1162

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.

Author/Creator
N., William, 1923-
Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1988
Interview Date
June 1, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4283403
Record last modified: 2014-05-01 09:46:00
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