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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.
Locale
Poland
Częstochowa
Bodzanów (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Płock (Poland)
Częstochowa (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Montréal (Québec)
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.