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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2887

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    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.
    P., Victor, 1919-1999.
    Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1994
    Interview Date
    July 26, 1994.
    Kraków (Poland)
    Lʹviv (Ukraine)
    Cite As
    Victor P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2887). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Langer, Lawrence L., interviewer.

    Physical Details

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

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    False papers.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.

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