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Peter W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-750) interviewed by Alan Griffin and Mel Berke

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-750

Videotape testimony of Peter W, who was born in Kraków, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Poland) in 1913, one of four children. He recounts his father's death in 1916; moving to Kielce; participating in Hashomer Hatzair and Betar; German invasion; fleeing to Soviet-occupied territory; returning at his mother's request; moving with his mother and sister to Starachowice; working as a tailor; one brother's deportation (he never saw him again); his other brother joining the underground (he was killed); marriage; his son's birth; his family's deportation (he never saw them again); slave labor gathering dead bodies; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; assignment to Buna/Monowitz; a death march with United States POWs to Gleiwitz approximately two years later; train transport to Buchenwald, Adorf, then Dora; evacuation by train after six weeks; being injured in an Allied bombing; posing as a German to obtain medical treatment; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; placement on a pile of corpses; liberation by British troops; assistance from a Jewish chaplain; transfer to Sweden; remarriage; the births of two children; and emigration to the United States nine years later.

Author/Creator
W., Peter, 1913-
Published
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
Interview Date
March 16, 1986.
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
Peter W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-750). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.