Paul W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2811) interviewed by Gabrielle Tyrnauer
- Austria : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- July 23, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Paul W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2811). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Paul W., a Romani, who was born in Duisberg, Germany in 1930, the oldest of five brothers. He recalls moving to Wuppertal due to anti-Romani laws, posing as non-Romanies; receiving a scholarship to study music at a conservatory; his father's friend, a policeman, warning them of deportations in 1943; the friend deleting their family name from the list; moving to Lorraine; his father's work in a war industry; their discovery; his parents' forced sterilization (his mother was subjected to experimentation and only recovered due to efforts of a French doctor); their friend removing the family's files and finding employment for them as circus musicians; contacts with United States servicemen in Speyer; his father's testimony on behalf of the German policeman who helped them (they remained friends for life); passing an exam in Stuttgart to become a bandleader; and the popularity of his family band. Mr. W. notes his wife lost eleven siblings in concentrations camps; her inability to discuss this subject; his ability to share only the "sweet" parts with others, including their children; and his strong belief in Jesus.