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Albin W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1603) interviewed by Janice Gordon and Sarah Hirschfield,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1603

Videotape testimony of Albin W., who was born in Opatów, Poland, in 1914, the oldest of three children. He recounts attending a Jesuit high school; becoming a civil engineer in Warsaw; German invasion; his brother's death in the infantry; fleeing to Lut︠s︡ʹk, in the Soviet zone; teaching mathematics in Sofiïvka; German invasion; being compelled with others to dig a large trench; a mass killing at the trench; escaping into the forest; obtaining weapons to join the Soviet partisans; blowing up German trains; working as a non-Jew in Lut︠s︡ʹk, then teaching in Rivne; liberation by Soviet troops; joining the Soviet military; entering Majdanek after its liberation; observing piles of human bones; fighting in Frankfurt an der Oder; participating in the liberation of Berlin; traveling to Warsaw, Łódź, then returning to Berlin; moving to the Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; assistance from UNRRA; emigrating to Israel; fighting in the Arab-Israel war in 1948; returning to Germany; emigration to the United States in 1950; marriage; and the births of two children. Mr. W. notes his mother and pregnant sister were deported to a concentration camp in summer 1942 and did not survive.

Author/Creator
W., Albin, 1914-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1991
Interview Date
May 14, 1991.
Locale
Ukraine
Poland
Opatów (Województwo Świętokrzyskie, Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Lut︠s︡ʹk (Ukraine)
Sofiïvka (Volynsʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Rivne (Rivnensʹka oblastʹ, Ukraine)
Berlin (Germany)
Łódź (Poland)
Frankfurt an der Oder (Germany)
Israel
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
Albin W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1603). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.