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Henry W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2418) interviewed by Alberta Strage

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2418

Videotape testimony of Henry W., who was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in 1923. He recounts his parents were Polish immigrants; attending a Jewish school; his family preparing for emigration to Palestine in 1936; not going on advice of an aunt who was there; his bar mitzvah in 1938; expulsion from Germany shortly thereafter; living in Kraków; skiing in Zakopane; preparing to emigrate; German invasion; his father's six-month imprisonment; moving to Bochnia; ghettoization; building a hiding place; working in an ammunition factory; deportation of his mother and sister in August 1942 (he never saw them again); deportation with his father to Płaszów; slave labor in a metal shop; public hangings and shootings; transfer with his father to Kielce; improved conditions; their deportation to Auschwitz eight months later; a school friend sharing extra food with him; train transport in January to two camps, then Nordhausen; the train driver giving them hot water which kept them alive; transfer to Mauthausen; his father's severe beating, then death; liberation eight days later by United States troops; and traveling to Rome, intending to emigrate to Palestine. Mr. W. notes difficulty sharing his story with his family leading to his writing a book. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
W., Henry, 1923-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
May 13, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2418). 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/4287464
Record last modified: 2014-02-20 10:08:00
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