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Pincus W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1419) interviewed by Sandy Hoffman and Shelly Jubelirer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1419

Videotape testimony of Pincus W., who was born in Wolbrom, Poland in 1916, one of six children. He recalls living in Sosnowiec; German invasion; returning to Wolbrom, then coming back to Sosnowiec; walking to work in Katowice every day; ghettoization in 1942; working outside the ghetto; overcrowding and hunger; deportation to Blechhammer, then Brelsau in 1943; recovering in its hospital for ten days; transfer to Auschwitz; frequent selections; transfer about six months later to Landsberg; assistance from a prisoner from his home town; an SS letting him go when he was caught smuggling food from the fields; a death march in 1945; escaping with a friend in Bavaria; liberation by United States troops; living in a village under their protection; traveling to Munich; learning three brothers had survived; reunion with them in Schwandorf; marriage in 1946; the birth of his children; and emigration to the United States in 1952. Mr. W. discusses caring for his parents in the ghetto; fear during selections; focusing only on hunger, but remaining optimistic, hoping the war would end soon; and not wanting to be Jewish after the war, but later changing his mind.

Author/Creator
W., Pincus, 1916-
Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1989
Interview Date
July 31, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Pincus W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1419). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.