Mayer P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-480) interviewed by Reva Leizman
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
- Interview Date
- January 2, 1985.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Mayer P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-480). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Mayer P., who was born in Będzin, Poland in approximately 1923, one of six children. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; German invasion; one brother's escape to the Soviet Union; his father's death resulting from German mutilation; forced quarry labor; hiding his mother from round-ups; deportation with his sister to a labor camp; transfer to Gross Masselwitz, then Klettendorf; encountering his youngest brother; transfer to Faulbrück and Gräditz; slave labor in a Telefunken factory; his brother's hospitalization; bringing him food; transfer to Herzberg; his brother joining him; transfer to Nuremburg, then Gross-Rosen; a brief encounter with his oldest brother; sharing food with him; a death march to Buchenwald, then Dachau; liberation by United States troops in April 1945; moving to Munich; assistance from HIAS; traveling to Feldafing displaced persons camp; reunion with his youngest brother; contacting his other brother through the Red Cross; his other brother's return from the Soviet Union; marriage in 1946; his son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949 with UNRRA assistance. Mr. P. discusses losing hope of surviving in camps; continuing nightmares; sharing his experiences with his children, but not wanting to instill hate; and visiting Yad Vashem with his son in 1982. He shows documents.