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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.

P., Arthur, 1927-
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
May 15, 1993.
Wieluń (Łódź)
Piotrków Trybunalski
Praszka (Poland)
Wieluń (Łódź, Poland)
Piotrków Trybunalski (Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
Klatovy (Czech Republic)
Plzeň (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
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.
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