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Arthur P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2431) interviewed by Henry M. Strage

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2431

Videotape testimony of Arthur P., who was born in Praszka, Poland in 1927. He recounts beginning school in 1932; moving to Wieluń; antisemitic harassment; being sent with his brothers in 1939 to his grandparents in Piotrków Trybunalski; German invasion; his parents' arrival; fleeing to Lublin, then returning with his parents to Wielún (his brothers remained in Piotrków); finding their home confiscated and their possessions gone; his father returning to Piotrków; he and his mother supporting themselves teaching languages; non-Jews assisting them to send food to their family in Piotrków; a beating for removing his armband; forced labor clearing rubble; ghettoization; a public hanging of ten Jews; escaping from a round-up; paying a non-Jew to smuggle him and his mother to Piotrków; joining their family in the ghetto; hospitalization; working and living with his brother at the Hortensia glass factory; deportation of the rest of his family (none survived); living with an aunt and uncle; slave labor in the wood factory; escaping from a round-up; separation from his brother; deportation to Buchenwald, then Schlieben in 1944; crying at night; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer to Flossenbürg, then a deportation train; escaping with others; being shot; Czech partisans caring for him; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization in Klatovy; living in the Plzeň displaced persons camp; traveling to Prague; reunion with his brother in Theresienstadt; and their emigration to England in 1946. Mr. P. discusses training as a singer; marriage in 1960; and the births of a son and daughter. He shows photographs, items from camps, and sings several songs.

Author/Creator
P., Arthur, 1927-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
May 15, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Arthur P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2431). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.