Mordechay W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3423) interviewed by Anna Lipphardt and Maximilian Preisler
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelsohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
- Interview Date
- March 7, 1996.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mordechay W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3423). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mordechay W., who was born in Żarki, Poland in 1922, one of six children. He recalls increasing antisemitism in the 30s; participation in Hashomer Hatzair; German invasion; escaping to Pilica during a round-up; forced transfer to the Radomsko ghetto; escaping with one brother to Częstochowa; smuggling themselves into the ghetto; working with the resistance, including Mordecai Anielewicz; hiding in a bunker; discovery; slave labor at the HASAG factory; deportation to Buchenwald in January 1945; hiding among French and Polish prisoners; transfer to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; assistance from the Red Cross; returning to Sosnowiec, Poland; reunion with a sister; learning the rest of his family had been killed; traveling to Italy; preparing for illegal emigration to Palestine in Bari and Rome; assistance from the Joint; meeting his future wife in Genoa; boarding an illegal ship; incarceration on Cyprus by the British; marriage; his daughter's birth in 1954; traveling to Sachsenhausen in 1961 as a guest of East Germany; visiting Buchenwald and Warsaw; and moving to Berlin. Mr. W. discusses many incidents of resistance; assistance from non-Jews; the prisoner organization in Buchenwald; repressiveness in East Germany; and visiting his hometown with his daughter and grandchildren. He shows photographs.