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Harry U. Holocaust testimony (HVT-461) interviewed by Marilyn Goodman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-461

Videotape testimony of Harry U., who was born in approximately 1909, to an Orthodox family of nine children. He recalls living in Zakopane; draft into the Polish military in 1928; recall in August 1939; German invasion; retreating to Przasnysz; returning home briefly; fleeing to Soviet-occupied Lʹviv via Cieszanów, then to Pidhaĭt︠s︡i; Soviet deportation by train to Sverdlovsk (Ekaterinburg), then a forced labor camp; release due to his Polish citizenship; learning of a Polish exile army organizing in Kazakhstan; traveling with other Poles to Alma-Ata, Samarqand, Tashkent and Bukhoro to enlist; rejection by the military; working in Bukhoro; traveling to join another Polish army being organized near Moscow; working in Orsk; enlistment; transfer to Kharkiv for training; hospitalization in Berdychiv; assignment to Chełm in 1944; officer training; entering Warsaw in early 1945, then Schneidemühl; arrival at Bunzlau shortly after its liberation; fighting in Wrocław, then Görlitz; traveling home after the war (no one survived), then to Kraków; leaving Poland illegally; living at Leipheim displaced persons camp; joining a cousin in Bockenheim; and emigrating to the United States in 1948. Mr. U. notes that two sisters emigrated to the United States prior to 1939.

U., Harry, 1909?-
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
October 29, 1984.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Harry U. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-461). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.