Arnold M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3163) interviewed by Michel Sobelman
- Warsaw, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
- Interview Date
- July 10, 1994.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Arnold M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3163). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Arnold M., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1914. In a detailed, vivid, and insightful testimony, he describes his family background; completing medical studies in Rouen and Toulouse; returning to Poland; German invasion; traveling to Warsaw; working in a hospital; returning to Łódź; working in the Jewish infirmary; ghettoization; limited contact with Germans; corresponding with his father in the Warsaw ghetto; deportations; arrest by Jewish police for helping Bund demonstrators; working in a hospital; visiting the ghetto's Romani section; his agony over being forced to make health assessments for "selections"; and his marriage. Mr. M. discusses the hierarchy of the Jewish Council; dilemmas they faced; and Mordecai Rumkowski's role. He recounts liquidation of the ghetto in August 1944; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his wife; selections; his survival strategies; encountering a medical school colleague who was in the Canada Kommando (he visited there); seeing his wife from afar; evacuation to Hirschberg; a soccer match between SS guards and Jewish prisoners; voluntary transfer to Bad Warmbrunn-Cieplice as a doctor; contracting typhus; transfer to Erlenbusch, then Doernhau; liberation by Soviet troops; reunion with his wife in Frýdlant; recuperating from tuberculosis; moving to Wrocław, then Warsaw; and becoming a writer.