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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1687

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    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.
    W., David, 1921-
    Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
    Interview Date
    January 31, 1991.
    Chzarnów (Poland)
    Trzebinia (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
    Libiąż (Poland)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Cite As
    David W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1687). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Cohn, Helen, interviewer.
    Osadchey, Lidya, interviewer.
    Associated material: Sol W. Holocaust testimony [brother] (HVT-1543), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 4 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mass killings.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

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