David R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1047) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
- Interview Date
- May 22, 1987.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- David R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1047). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of David R., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1925, the youngest of thirteen children. He recalls antisemitic violence; two siblings emigrating to the United States; German invasion; his father obtaining false papers for him; obtaining food for his family; the family's move to Szydłowiec; smuggling goods to the Kraków ghetto; traveling to Warsaw; briefly staying in a monastery; a failed bribery attempt to obtain one brother's release from a labor camp; escaping the liquidation of Szydłowiec (he never saw his family again); witnessing deportation trains; traveling to the Warsaw ghetto and many cities; begging and living on the streets; near exposure several times; a failed attempt to go to Germany as a Polish forced laborer; a non-Jewish woman helping him in Kraków; arrest; imprisonment in Montelupich; a failed suicide attempt; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; slave labor clearing rubble in Warsaw; a death march to Kutno; train transport to Dachau; a friend obtaining extra food for him; liberation from an evacuation train by United States troops; beating and killing their guards; burning a German's house (he had refused him help); living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; contact with his U.S. siblings; and joining them in May 1946. Mr. R. notes continuing fears due to his experiences.