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Wolf W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2989) interviewed by Jean-Michel Chaumont, Claire Paulus, and Rina Margos

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2989

Videotape testimony of Wolf W., who was born in Cairo, Egypt in 1921. He recalls attending French school; speaking Yiddish at home; living in several European cities from 1929 to 1931; settling in Antwerp; antisemitism in school; apprenticing as a diamond cutter; German invasion; fleeing to Ghent, then Saint-Vincent; living with French farmers; his parents' internment in Récébedou in spring 1942; visiting them; arrest; imprisonment in Caussade, whose police chief had tried to warn him to hide; internment in Septfonds, then Drancy; deportation to Janislawice (Johannisdorf); singing Yiddish songs with Polish prisoners; Jewish prisoners fasting on Yom Kippur; transfer to Blechhammer; receiving help from British POWs; smuggling food from his work detail, which was outside the camp; sadistic public hangings; receiving one package from his mother; Karl Demerer's (the Jewish head) efforts to help inmates; the death march to Gross-Rosen in January 1945; evacuation to Buchenwald; another death march; transfer to Oranienburg; hiding during the evacuation; liberation by Polish troops; transfer to an American displaced persons camp; repatriation to Brussels; and reunion with his mother. Mr W. insightfully discusses intergroup relationships in the camps; efforts to raise morale; and paralysis of body and spirit resulting from humiliation.

Author/Creator
W., Wolf, 1921-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1992
Interview Date
October 14, 1992.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Wolf W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2989). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4289945
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