Henry W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2418) interviewed by Alberta Strage
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- May 13, 1993.
- 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.
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.