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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.
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.