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Henry E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1250) interviewed by Anne Kaplan and Bernard Weinstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1250

Videotape testimony of Henry E., who was born in 1919 in Kraków, Poland, the youngest of three children. He recounts attending cheder; his father's death when he was nine; attending public school, then a Jewish high school; participating in a Zionist youth group; increasing antisemitism; German invasion; fleeing briefly to Lublin; returning home; ghettoization; forced labor; a Pole hiding his mother during a selection; learning his brother and his children had been killed while in hiding; his sister's deportation with her children (he never saw them again); his mother's deportation; his deportation to Płaszów; public hangings; becoming emotionally numb; transfer to Dresden; slave labor in a factory; Allied bombings; a cousin and friend helping him on the death march to Theresienstadt in February 1945; liberation by Soviet troops in May; walking to Prague; hospitalization; reunion with his fiancée; marriage; traveling to Plzeň, then Munich; and emigration to the United States. Mr. E. notes the murder of almost all his extended family; sharing his experiences with his children; attributing his survival to luck; and a recent visit to Kraków.

Author/Creator
E., Henry, 1919-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
Interview Date
October 19, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP Restoration master; Betacam SP Restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1250). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.