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Abe A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-347) interviewed by Sylvia Abrams

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-347

Videotape testimony of Abe A., who was born in approximately 1923 in Bodzanoẃ, Poland, one of four children. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; attending cheder and public school; his large, extended family; visiting relatives in Płock; participating in Agudat Israel; antisemitic harassment; German invasion in September 1939; forced labor; organization of the Judenrat; slave labor in Drobin in spring 1940; his cousin being shot; illness; returning home; transfer with his family to Działdowo in March 1941, then four weeks later to Częstochowa; ghettoization; slave labor in Gidle; visiting his family for Rosh ha-Shanah in 1942 (he never saw them again); transfer to Częstochowa's "small ghetto"; its liquidation; slave labor in HASAG Pelzery; his uncle's paternal role; sharing food with each other; his uncle's deportation in December 1944 (he did not survive); liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; reunion with several cousins; moving to Płock; marriage to his cousin in Łódź in 1946; illegally entering Germany with assistance from Beriḥah; living in Pocking displaced persons camp; his son's birth; and emigration to Montréal in 1949, then to the United States in 1957. Mr. A. discusses details of camp and ghetto life; recurring nightmares; sharing his experiences with his children; and visiting Yad Vashem.

Author/Creator
A., Abe, 1923?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
July 27, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abe A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-347). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.