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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1951

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.

Author/Creator
M., David, 1926-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
November 1, 1991.
Locale
Poland
Warsaw
Warsaw (Poland)
L'viv (Ukraine)
Małkinia (Poland)
Otwock (Poland)
Stockholm (Sweden)
Lublin (Poland)
Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan)
Moscow (Russia)
Łódź (Poland)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1951). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.