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Ralph W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2727) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2727

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    Videotape testimony of Ralph W., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1924. He recalls economic hardships when his father lost his job in 1935; living in a Jewish neighborhood; German invasion in 1939; two German soldiers severely beating his father; ghettoization; his parents' deportation to Chelmno in 1941 (he never saw them again); obtaining a privileged job as a factory cook with assistance from a family friend; transfer to factory labor in March 1944; volunteering for deportation in someone's place for extra food and clothing; transfer to Częstochowa; slave labor building a HASAG factory; exchanging possessions with Polish civilian workers for extra food; train transfer to Buchenwald in late summer; public hangings of escapees; transfer to Sonneberg; slave labor as an electrician; a death march in March 1945; escaping near Karlovy Vary, Czechoslovakia after about four weeks, knowing he could not continue walking; claiming to be a Pole; being given food, shoe coupons, and a train ticket to Chomutuv; volunteering to work for Germans; their departure on May 8, 1945; recuperating in Görlitz; returning to Łódź; and his profound sorrow on learning only three survived of some 350 who had lived in his courtyard. He shows documents.
    W., Ralph, 1924-
    Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1993
    Interview Date
    October 15, 1993.
    Łódź (Poland)
    Karlovy Vary (Czech Republic)
    Chomutov (Czech Republic)
    Görlitz (Görlitz, Germany)
    Cite As
    Ralph W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2727). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zeiler, Rivie, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 22 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Postwar experiences.

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