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Victor P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2887) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2887

Videotape testimony of Victor P., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1919. He recalls two years attending medical school; German invasion; escaping with his father and brother to Lʹviv in the Soviet zone; his brother's assignment as a physician in a border town; traveling with him; returning to Kraków; obtaining papers of a dead Pole from Polish friends; establishing a network to obtain papers of Poles ordered to report for forced labor in Germany and replacing them with Jews; retrieving his brother from Ukraine after German invasion of the U.S.S.R.; sending him to Germany to work as a Pole (he survived); betrayal in 1943; imprisonment; an unsuccessful suicide attempt (he did not want to betray anyone); a Polish friend suggesting he admit he was Jewish to avoid execution; transfer to the ghetto jail, then Auschwitz/Birkenau; a friend registering him as a medical orderly which saved his life; a German kapo nursing him through typhus; becoming a medical orderly, a privileged position; receiving extra food from Polish prisoners who could receive packages; and one friend's ruse to save thirty to fifty prisoners during selections. Mr. P. discusses his book and many Poles who helped him and other Jews survive.

Author/Creator
P., Victor, 1919-1999.
Published
Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1994
Interview Date
July 26, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Victor P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2887). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.