David R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2946) interviewed by Brana Gurewitsch
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
- Interview Date
- May 5, 1994.
- 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.
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.