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Martin W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2029) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2029

Videotape testimony of Martin W., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1929. He recalls antisemitic harassment on the street; German invasion; his father protecting his German business partner from Polish violence; betrayal by the partner resulting in expulsion from their home; ghettoization; smuggling food; hospitalization of his father, mother, and sister; their deaths; living with an uncle; the deaths of his other two sisters; deportation to Auschwitz in August 1944; staying with his uncle; joining a group with two friends that left Auschwitz under cover of Allied bombing; transfer to Friedland; escaping with a friend on May 7; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Plzeň; friendship with United States soldiers; employment by the U.S. military; living in Regensburg, then a displaced persons camp in Munich; emigrating to the United States in 1946; assistance from UNRRA; living in an orphanage; and leaving after receiving support from American relatives. Mr. W. discusses the difficulty of burying his parents and sisters; loneliness upon arrival in the U.S.; enduring friendships with fellow refugees; sharing some of his experiences with some of his children, while not speaking of others because they are too painful; and amplification of this pain as he ages.

Author/Creator
W., Martin, 1929-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
April 21, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martin W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2029). 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/4286030
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 18:49:00
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