Jack W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-506) interviewed by Sue Danford
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- July 26, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jack W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-506). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jack W., who was born in Velyikyy Bychkiv, Czechoslozakia (presently Ukraine) in approximately 1927, one of eleven children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; Hungarian occupation; his father's and older brother's draft into Hungarian slave labor battalions; his father's release; German invasion; deportation with his family to the Mátészalka ghetto in May 1944, then to Auschwitz six weeks later; selection for work with his father (his mother and younger siblings were killed); briefly seeing two older sisters; praying secretly daily; liquidation of the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); transfer eight days later to clear the Warsaw ghetto rubble; a death march and train transport to Dachau; transfer to Kaufering and Landshut, then back to Dachau; hospitalization with his father; his father's death; train evacuation; abandonment by the guards in Garmisch Partenkirchen; escaping; hiding in a barn; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; reunion with a sister in Czechoslovakia, a brother in Sighet, and another sister in Velyikyy Bychkiv; moving to Hungary in 1946; meeting his future wife; traveling to Vienna; marriage; his daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1950 to join his sister. Mr. W. discusses the physical and psychological impact of hunger; the importance of his father to his survival; not sharing his experiences; and his daughter's interest when she was older.