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Aba P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1036) interviewed by Frances Farber and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1036

Videotape testimony of Aba P., who was born in Miechów, Poland in 1922, the oldest of five children. He recalls German invasion; forced labor; a German supervisor providing him with extra food; ghettoization; smuggling food to his family; a Jewish policeman saving him from execution; volunteering for slave labor in Kraków, hoping to protect his family; working as a cook; occasionally visiting home; deportation of his mother and one sister (they did not survive); arranging for one brother to join him; learning his other sister and cousins had been killed; transfer to Pionki; encountering his father and brother; slave labor in a munitions factory; transport with one brother to Leipzig; deportation to Auschwitz; transfer to Buna-Monowitz; sharing extra food with his brother; a death march and train transfer to Buchenwald, then Crawinkel; his brother's death; return to Buchenwald; encountering an uncle and two cousins; losing his will to live after liberation; the kindness of the Americans; living in Landsberg displaced persons camp; learning his brother was nearby; and his brother's death the day before he found him. Mr. P. discusses many incidents of camp life and emotional changes resulting from his experiences.

Author/Creator
P., Aba, 1922-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
March 19, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aba P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1036). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.