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William W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2430) interviewed by Gillian Green Douek

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2430

Videotape testimony of William W., who was born in Uz︠h︡horod, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1920, one of six children. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; working as a tutor from age fourteen to help support his family; Hungarian occupation in 1938; anti-Jewish restrictions; German invasion; ghettoization for three weeks at a brick factory; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; his mother, father, and one sister being selected for killing; transfer three weeks later to Jaworzno; slave labor in a coal mine; civilian workers leaving him food and cigarettes; public executions of escapees; others praying on Yom Kippur (he had lost his belief in God); hospitalization; surgery on his leg with no anesthesia; remaining behind when the camp was evacuated in January 1945; liberation by Soviet troops; hospitalization for eight weeks; transfer to Kraków; returning to his family home which had been destroyed; looking for his sisters every day at the railroad station; their return a month later; attempting to emigrate in the 1960s; obtaining an exit visa to visit his brother in London; traveling with his wife and two children from Prague to Vienna, then Israel; and joining his brother in London in 1968. Mr. W. notes regaining his religious faith in 1956.

Author/Creator
W., William, 1920-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
February 10, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2430). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.