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Willi E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2770) interviewed by Gabrielle Tyrnauer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2770

Videotape testimony of Willi E., a Romani, who was born in East Prussia, Germany in 1927. He remembers traveling and performing prior to Hitler's ascent to power; racial laws requiring them to live in barracks in 1937-1938; persecution of Jews; deportation of young Romani men; his deportation to a prison camp in Białystok; witnessing a mass killing of Jews in Brzesc Litewski (Brest); deportation to Auschwitz in 1943 (his mother and two siblings were gassed); slave labor; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in 1944; liberation by British troops in 1945; searching for relatives; marriage; and postwar hardships and shortages. He notes he survived the camps "because of Jesus."

Author/Creator
E., Willi, 1927-
Published
Austria : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
July 21, 1991.
Language
German
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Willi E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2770). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.