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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3184

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    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.
    O., Edwin, 1918-
    Kraków, Poland : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
    Interview Date
    May 12, 1995.
    Kraków (Poland)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Cite As
    Edwin O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3184). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Engelking, Barbara, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Polish.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (5 hr., 11 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar experiences.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

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