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Peter P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3079)

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3079

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Peter P., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1927. He recalls his parents' divorce; childhood poverty; the Anschluss; anti-Jewish violence; leaving for Czechoslovakia in summer 1938; his mother's successful application as an au pair in England; traveling with her and his sister to Brussels; staying there with his grandmother; obtaining tickets to join their mother on May 17, 1940; German invasion on May 10 ending their plan; their grandmother's death; living as street children, stealing food; his arrest in 1943 (his sister subsequently was hidden in a convent); deportation to Malines, then Auschwitz; volunteering to leave believing he would not survive there; clearing rubble in the Warsaw ghetto; trading valuables he found for food with Polish civilians; a death march; train transport to Dachau; slave labor in Bavaria and Muehlheim; train evacuation to Starnberger See; liberation by United States troops; reunion with his sister in Brussels; joining their mother in Glasgow; and emigration to Canada in 1959. Mr. P. details camp life including complete dehumanization; good and bad prisoners and guards; postwar physical and mental problems; and the importance to his survival of luck, previous hardships, and believing his family was safe.
    Author/Creator
    P., Peter, 1927-
    Published
    Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1987
    Interview Date
    January 14, 1987.
    Locale
    Austria
    Vienna (Austria)
    Czechoslovakia
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Starnberger See (Germany)
    Glasgow (Scotland)
    Cite As
    Peter P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3079) Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 53 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Anschluss.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Hiding.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4290475
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:47:00
    This page:
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