Aaron R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1530) interviewed by Daniel Gover and Bernard Weinstein
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
- Interview Date
- September 12, 1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Aaron R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1530). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.