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Max H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2913) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2913

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    Videotape testimony of Max H., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1920. He recalls his father's death in 1936; working in the family's beauty salon; German invasion; a futile attempt to flee; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization in March 1941; working as a hospital barber; hiding his mother during round-ups; separation from her in October 1942 (he never saw her again); marriage in 1942; barbering for Germans; transfer with his wife to Płaszów in 1943; working as a messenger; seeing Kommandant Amon Goeth randomly killing prisoners; public hangings; arranging his wife's exemption from deportation with assistance from a German officer; disinterring and burning corpses; he and his cousin carrying his wife on the march to Auschwitz in January 1945; a death march to Gleiwitz; transport to Oranienburg, then Flossenbürg; assistance from his cousin; their transfer to Offenburg; escaping with friends during evacuation; and liberation by French troops. Mr. H. describes reunion with his wife in Konstanz; returning to find his mother-in-law in Kraków; traveling to Konstanz; establishing a displaced persons camp; helping others emigrate to Palestine; his son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. He emphasizes his belief in the futility of fighting and the importance of respecting all people.
    H., Max, 1920-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
    Interview Date
    May 3, 1994.
    Kraków (Poland)
    Konstanz (Germany)
    Cite As
    Max H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2913). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Blinderman, Joni-Sue, interviewer.
    Associated material: Erna H. Holocaust testimony [wife] (HVT-2914), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 21 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Marriage in Jewish ghettos.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

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