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Marek A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2961) interviewed by Leo Spitzer and Marianne Hirsch,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2961

Videotape testimony of Marek A., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1926. He recounts moving to Kalisz, where his sister was born, then to Warsaw; attending Jewish schools; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; attending a clandestine school; pervasive starvation; assignment to a German uniform factory; his family and friends building a bunker; hiding there during the ghetto uprising; surrendering when the building was burned; deportation to Majdanek; separation from his mother and sister (he never saw them again); transfer with his father to Budzyń; slave labor in an airplane factory; Kommandant Reinhold Feiks killing many prisoners; transfer to Mielec in 1944; his father's arrival on the next transport; volunteering for the drafting office, a privileged position; a German engineer giving him extra food; transfer to Wieliczka, Flossenbürg, then Hersbruck; assignment to a different barrack than his father; slave labor building tunnels; public hanging of an escapee; a death march; his father giving him a piece of bread; a friend assisting him to walk; remaining in a makeshift hospital in Schmidmühlen when he could no longer walk; a Polish prisoner-doctor operating on his legs; liberation by United States troops; assistance from the Red Cross; hospitalization; living in a refugee camp; reunion with his father in Munich; emigration to Bolivia via Paris, Genoa, and Rio de Janeiro with assistance from the Joint; his and his father's marriage to survivors; the births of three children; his father's emigration to Israel in 1972; and his death in 1981. Mr. A. discusses a visit to Majdanek, where he said kaddish for his mother and sister (he shows photographs from the trip); pervasive painful memories and nightmares; and pain whenever he shares his experiences.

A., Marek, 1926-
La Paz, Bolivia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
March 16, 1995.
Łódź (Poland)
Kalisz (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Schmidmühlen (Germany)
Munich (Germany)
Paris (France)
Genoa (Italy)
Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
4 copies: Hi8 master; 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Marek A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2961). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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