David W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1246) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Stanley Freedman
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
- Interview Date
- May 26, 1988.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- David W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1246). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of David W., who was born in 1922 in Kraków, Poland, one of three children. He recounts attending Jewish and public schools; beatings because he was Jewish; German invasion; fleeing east for several weeks with his brother; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced labor; ghettoization in 1941; his parents' deportation (he never saw them again); incarceration in Płaszów; public hangings and shootings; transfer to Auschwitz for less than a day, then to Mauthausen; meaningless slave labor carrying rocks; transfer to St. Valentin; slave labor in a tank factory; a non-Jewish acquaintance from Kraków throwing him cigarettes; exchanging them for bread; an Allied bombing in which he was wounded; transfer back to Mauthausen; observing cannibalized corpses; a death march to Wels and Gunskirchen; liberation by United States troops; living in a displaced persons camp in Linz; contracting typhus; convalescing for several weeks; learning his sister and brother had been killed; meeting his future wife; moving to Bad Ischl, then Ebelsberg displaced persons camps; and emigration to the United States in 1949, with assistance from HIAS. Mr. W. discusses only thinking about food and his indifference to life in camps; continuing problems resulting from his bombing wound; not sharing his experiences with his children; and visiting graves and memorials with his wife in Kraków, Płaszów, and Auschwitz.