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David R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1047) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1047

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.

R., David, 1925-
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
May 22, 1987.
Kraków (Poland)
Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Kutno (Poland)
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.