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David W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1687) interviewed by Helen Cohn and Lidya Osadchey

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1687

Videotape testimony of David W., who was born in Chzarnów, Poland in 1921. He describes a barber's apprenticeship; antisemitism beginning in 1935; German invasion; fleeing east; digging graves for a mass killing in Trzebinia; anti-Jewish measures; forced labor in Libiąż in 1940; transfer with his brother to Bobrek in 1941; their transport to Sosnowiec, then Blechhammer, in May 1942; switching places to avoid separation from his brother; their transfer to Brande; transfer to a work camp in Sudetenland; improved conditions; working as a barber in an adjacent POW camp; learning of the Chzarnów ghetto's liquidation; their transfer to Langenbielau in fall 1943; sharing bread with his brother and friends; transfer to Faulbrük; assistance from a German guard; helping his brother during a serious illness with assistance from a Hungarian inmate; separation from his brother; transfer to Reichenbach; returning to Langenbielau in March 1945; the disappearance of German guards in May; reunion with his brother and sister; traveling to Prague; and emigrating from Germany to the United States. Mr. W. notes the importance to his survival of being with his brother, humor, and his barber skills.

Author/Creator
W., David, 1921-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
January 31, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1687). 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/4284090
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