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Martin P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1552) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman and Rayzl Kalifowicz-Waletsky

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1552

Videotape testimony of Martin P., who was born in Boskovice, Czechoslovakia in 1918, when his family evacuated during World War I. He recounts their return to Sasiv (then Poland) when he was three; attending public school and cheder, then gymnasium in Zolochiv for a year; apprenticeship as a sign painter; participating in a Zionist youth group; training for emigration to Palestine; his father's death in 1934; supporting his family; Soviet occupation; Soviet military draft; capture during German invasion; escape; returning to Sasiv; forced labor; incarceration in concentration camps in Sasiv, Lackie Wielkie, and Zolochiv; briefly entering the ghetto to say kadish for his father; a mass killing in the ghetto including his mother, brother, sister, and five-year-old nephew; escaping with a group (most were killed, including his girlfriend); building a bunker with a friend; returning to Zolochiv; transfer to Janowska; escaping with his friend; returning to Sasiv; being hidden by a non-Jewish woman, then with Jews in a bunker; liberation by Soviets; returning to Zolochiv; marriage in 1945; living in displaced persons camps in Italy, including Bari; and emigration to the United States in 1947. Mr. P. discusses his wife's death when his child was seven weeks old and his successful career.

Author/Creator
P., Martin, 1918-2005.
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
June 26, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martin P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1552). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4295424
Record last modified: 2015-01-26 10:40:00
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