Israel M. Holocaust tesimony (HVT-2981) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Claire Paulus
- Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
- Interview Date
- December 2, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Israel M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2981). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Israel M., who was born in Mannheim, Germany in 1921. He recounts his family's move to Brussels in 1922; moving to Antwerp; his father's bankruptcy in 1930; being supported by his fourteen year-old brother; working as a diamond cutter; German invasion; working with a German refugee (his future wife) smuggling Jews to Belgium; marriage; arrest; incarceration in Antwerp, then Malines; an encounter with Mala Zimetbaum; choosing to remain with his wife when he could have left; his deportation to Laurahuette; a Jewish funeral when the first prisoner died, but none thereafter; transfer to Sakrau; not escaping in order to remain with his brother-in-law; transfer to Szopienice; slave labor laying rails; receiving food from British POWs in the Palestine Brigade; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau, then Warsaw; clearing rubble from the ghetto; Greek prisoners baking matzos on Passover; finding diamonds which provided medical attention when he was ill, extra food, a job as the kapos's secretary, and help for many other prisoners; transfer to Dachau, then Kaufering; a death march; abandonment by the guards; repatriation; and reunion with his wife. Mr. M. notes many details about fellow-prisoners and camp life. He discusses his continuing nightmares.