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Mark M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-496) interviewed by Sylvia Abrams

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-496

Videotape testimony of Mark M., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in approximately 1922, one of ten children. He recounts his parents' orthodoxy; attending school; working in his brother's commercial art studio; attending Betar meetings; participating in Maccabi; family vacations in Otwock; German invasion; his mother and brother being killed by German bombs; using identification papers of a non-Jewish friend who was killed; fleeing east; arrest on the Soviet border; brief imprisonment in Novosibirisk; deportation to a labor camp in Siberia; a brief reunion with his sister; transfer to Sumy; joining the Polish section of the Soviet army; attending officer training school; fighting in many places as the forces moved west; entering Majdanek after liberation; observing piles of burnt corpses; executions of German camp officials; transfer to Warsaw; visiting his sister in Łódź; deserting and traveling illegally to Berlin; recruitment by the Haganah in Munich; traveling to Marseille; illegal emigration by boat to Palestine; interdiction by the British; incarceration on Cyprus for one year; release; marriage in 1948; serving in the Israeli army; and emigration to the United States in 1954 with assistance from his brother. He shows photographs and examples of his commercial artwork.

Author/Creator
M., Mark, 1922?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
September 13, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mark M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-496). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.