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David M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1951) interviewed by Lidya Osadchey and Helen Cohn,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1951

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    Videotape testimony of David M., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1926. He describes attending Jewish school; German invasion; fleeing to L'viv, in the Soviet zone, with his father and brother; Soviet occupation; returning to Warsaw in October 1939; anti-Jewish restrictions; returning to L'viv via Małkinia in spring 1940; arrest of his father and brother in April (he never saw them again); returning to Warsaw; obtaining false papers with assistance from non-Jewish friends in Otwock; ghettoization; the Judenrat and Jewish police assisting in rounding-up Jews; securing food for his mother and sisters; hiding in Otwock with assistance from a Pole, then in a village, posing as a non-Jew; returning to Otwock, then Warsaw in 1943; contacting his mother; witnessing the ghetto uprising; fleeing to Lublin; liberation by Soviet troops in 1944; arrest as a German spy; forced labor in Sverdlovsk (presently Ekaterinburg); release; living in a village near Alma-Ata; obtaining travel documents from the Polish embassy in Moscow; returning to Warsaw in 1948; from Łódź, contacting relatives in the United States with assistance from the Joint; illegal entry into Sweden; working in Stockholm; emigrating to the United States in April 1949; and reunion with his sister.
    M., David, 1926-
    Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
    Interview Date
    November 1, 1991.
    Warsaw (Poland)
    L'viv (Ukraine)
    Małkinia (Poland)
    Otwock (Poland)
    Stockholm (Sweden)
    Lublin (Poland)
    Ekaterinburg (Russia)
    Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan)
    Moscow (Russia)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Cite As
    David M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1951). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Osadchey, Lidya, interviewer.
    Cohn, Helen, interviewer.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Soviet occupation.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Postwar experiences.

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