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David W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1246) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Stanley Freedman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1246

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.

W., David, 1922-
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.