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David R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2946) interviewed by Brana Gurewitsch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2946

Videotape testimony of David R., who was born in Kraków Poland in 1925, one of seven children. He recalls attending public school; antisemitic harassment; joining Akiba, a Zionist group; a brother and sister emigrating to the United States; German occupation; anti-Jewish measures; fleeing to Szydłowiec with his father and brothers in April 1941; obtaining false papers; posing as a non-Jew to smuggle food to his family in the Kraków ghetto; assistance from Marek Bieberstein, the Judenrat chairman; his parents' and siblings' deportations (he never saw them again); smuggling himself into the Warsaw ghetto; escaping; observing the ghetto uprising; returning to Kraków in 1943; a futile attempt to go to Germany as a Polish slave laborer; incarceration in Montelupich; his aborted suicide attempt; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; transfer to Warsaw with Greek and French Jews in September; clearing the ghetto rubble; public executions; a death march in 1944, then train transport to Dachau; transfer to Mühldorf; escaping from a train; liberation by United States troops; working in Feldafing displaced persons camp; and joining his siblings in the United States in May 1946. Mr. R. discusses his siblings' reluctance to hear his story; sharing his experiences with his children; and the importance to his survival of luck and help from other prisoners and a few non-Jews.

Author/Creator
R., David, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
May 5, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2946). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.