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Isaac W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2958) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2958

Videotape testimony of Isaac W., who was born in Bielsko-Biała, Poland in 1911, one of six children. He recounts attending a German school; manufacturing woolens; German invasion; fleeing to Lublin; traveling to Kraków, posing as a non-Jewish Pole; living in a suburb to avoid ghettoization; brief imprisonment in Montelupich in 1942; forced relocation into the Kraków ghetto; transfer with his family to Płaszów in March 1943; working at a factory; separation from his parents during the last selection in March 1944; transfer to Mauthausen, then Melk; observing Yom Kippur; slave labor; transfer to Ebensee; liberation by United States troops; returning to Bielsko; reclaiming family assets; living in Kraków, then Bindermichl displaced persons camp; reunion with an uncle; operating a store in Heidelberg; emigrating to the United States in 1949; and traveling to Israel in 1959 to find a wife. Mr. W. notes he is the sole survivor of his immediate family.

W., Isaac, 1911-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
April 25, 1994.
Bielsko-Biała (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Heidelberg (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Isaac W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2958). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.