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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.
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.