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Henry R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2947) interviewed by Lilian Sicular and Brenda Stiefel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2947

Videotape testimony of Henry R., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1912. He recalls his family's affluence; attending a secular private school; bar mitzvah preparation; antisemitic discrimination; entering veterinary school; being drafted into the Polish officer corps; German invasion; serving in Rivne; transfer to Radulʹ; becoming the head of his unit; disintegration of the army in defeat; returning to Warsaw; ghettoization; escaping to Dab̨rowica; being warned prior to a round-up; escaping; seeking help from Count Jan Zamoyski, who was not immediately available; returning to Warsaw; arrest and incarceration; escape; receiving false papers from a Polish friend; Count Zamoyski agreeing to employ him in a remote village under his assumed name; avoiding social encounters; helping villagers because few were literate; assisting the bishop at religious ceremonies; and liberation by Soviet troops. Dr. R. discusses receiving Polish military decorations; losing his citizenship when he emigrated; and reconstruction of his documents by Yad Vashem.

Author/Creator
R., Henry, 1912-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
March 13, 1994.
Locale
Poland
Warsaw
Warsaw (Poland)
Rivne (Rivnensʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Radulʹ (Ukraine)
Dąbrowica (Województwo Świętokrzyskie, Poland)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2947). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.