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William M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-512) interviewed by Sally Weinberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-512

Videotape testimony of William M., who was born in 1924, and served with the United States Army Air Forces in World War II. He recounts military draft; deployment to Britain in January 1943; being shot down over Germany in March 1944; crashing in the North Sea; capture by the Germans; transfer to Rotterdam; imprisonment in Amsterdam; transfer to Frankfurt, then a prison camp in Wetzlar; beatings and interrogations; transfer to an asylum near Frankfurt, then back to Wetzlar two weeks later; train transport to Krems; receiving Red Cross packages; being treated by a dentist for injuries stemming from a beating; a forced march to Mauthausen in spring 1945; observing Jewish prisoners; death marches to and from nearby subcamps; liberation by United States troops; military discharge in November 1945; and hospitalization. Mr. M. discusses suffering a nervous breakdown in 1971; attending a meeting of former POWs in 1978; insomnia; and writing down his memories. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
M., William, 1924-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
Interview Date
January 23, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-512). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.