Marek A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2961) interviewed by Leo Spitzer and Marianne Hirsch
- La Paz, Bolivia : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- March 16, 1995.
- 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.
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 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.