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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.

Author/Creator
U., Harry, 1909?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
October 29, 1984.
Locale
Soviet Union
Poland
Zakopane (Poland)
Przasnysz (Poland)
Cieszanów (Poland)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Pidhaĭt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
Ekaterinburg (Russia)
Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan)
Samarqand (Uzbekistan)
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Bukhoro (Uzbekistan)
Orsk (Orenburgskai︠a︡ oblastʹ, Russia)
Kharkiv (Ukraine)
Berdychiv (Ukraine)
Chełm (Lublin, Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Schneidemühl (Germany)
Wrocław (Poland)
Görlitz (Görlitz, Germany)
Kraków (Poland)
Bockenheim (Frankfurt am Main, Germany)
Language
English
Copies
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.