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Mayer P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-480) interviewed by Reva Leizman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-480

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    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.
    P., Mayer, 1923?-
    Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
    Interview Date
    January 2, 1985.
    Będzin (Poland)
    Munich (Germany)
    Cite As
    Mayer P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-480). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Leizman, Reva, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 55 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Postwar effects.

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