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Henry Y. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1034) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1034

Videotape testimony of Henry Y., who was born in Ozorków, Poland in 1920, the oldest of four children. He recalls studying in Łódź; German invasion; cessation of his studies; his mother sending him to Łęczyca for food; deportation in 1940 to Danzig; slave labor on railroads; local women throwing them food; a severe beating from which he still suffers after effects; assistance from fellow prisoners and a German supervisor; transfer to Palemonas, then Kaiserwald; slave labor in an airplane factory; transfer to Stutthof; recognizing a cousin; bringing him food; transfer to Bochum Verein; frequent Allied bombings; transfer to Buchenwald, Flossenbürg, and back to Buchenwald; liberation from a death march by United States troops; hospitalization; working for the U.S. military in Straubing; extreme depression; his German landlady encouraging him; meeting his wife; establishing a textile business; traveling to Israel seeking his sister (he is the only family survivor); returning to Straubing; and emigration to the United States. Mr. Y. notes sharing his story with his children.

Y., Henry, 1920-
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
May 18, 1987.
Ozorków (Poland)
Łęczyca (Łęczyca, Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Straubing (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry Y. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1034). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.