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Edwin O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3184) interviewed by Barbara Engelking-Boni

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3184

Videotape testimony of Edwin O., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1918. He recalls his father's career as a physician; an assimilated lifestyle; attending medical school in 1936 under a Jewish quota; affinity for leftist organizations; street attacks on Jewish students; German invasion; briefly fleeing east; returning home; working in the Jewish hospital; obtaining food from non-Jewish friends; ghettoization; round-ups and deportations; transfer with his family to Płaszów; volunteering for transfer after two weeks; working with medical staff in Szebnie; deportation to Birkenau in November 1943; a friend from Kraków arranging his assignment to the hospital; encountering his mother and sister (they were Schindler Jews) the night before he was transferred to Oranienburg in November 1944; transfer to Buchenwald, then Crawinkel; receiving extra food from Serbian POWs and a friend; a death march to Litoměřice; liberation in May; traveling home; reunion with his father, mother, and sister; resuming his studies; military service; two marriages; and his parents' and sister's emigration to Israel in the late 1950s. He discusses sharing his experiences with his sons; attributing his survival to luck; exacting revenge on German prisoners in 1945; meeting frequently with fellow survivors; recurring dreams; and continuing commitment to socialism.

Author/Creator
O., Edwin, 1918-
Published
Kraków, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
May 12, 1995.
Language
Polish
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Edwin O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3184). 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/4290953
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