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Aaron R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1530) interviewed by Daniel Gover and Bernard Weinstein,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1530

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    Videotape testimony of Aaron R., who was born in 1915 in Wieluń, Poland (then Russia). He recounts his father's death when he was three; living with wealthy grandparents; his family's orthodoxy; attending yeshiva; moving to Pabianice; working as a bookkeeper; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; deportation to the Łódź ghetto, then Dombrowa; slave labor sorting the clothing of murdered Jews; feeling he had lost his mind; burying valuables to keep the Germans from having them; transfer back to the Łódź ghetto; working as a fireman; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in August 1944; losing his will to live; slave labor in a Krupp factory in Buna/Monowitz; a death march to Buchenwald in January 1945; train transfer to Dachau; witnessing cannibalism; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization for several months; intense emotional pain recalling his life; transfer to Linz; living with other survivors; traveling to Łódź; learning his brother had survived; reunion with him in Czechoslovakia; traveling to Landsberg displaced persons camp; hospitalization in Bad Kissingen; returning to Landsberg; marriage; his daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1952. Mr. R. notes sharing his experiences with his children and frequently gathering with other survivors and discussing their experiences.
    R., Aaron, 1915-
    Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
    Interview Date
    September 12, 1989.
    Wieluń (Łódź, Poland)
    Pabianice (Poland)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Linz (Austria)
    Bad Kissingen (Germany)
    Cite As
    Aaron R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1530). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Weinstein, Bernard, 1937- interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 35 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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