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

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    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.
    W., Albin, 1914-
    Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1991
    Interview Date
    May 14, 1991.
    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)
    Cite As
    Albin W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1603). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Hirschfeld, Sarah, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 13 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Postwar experiences.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Forced labor. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Escapes. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--Ukraine. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Soviet. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. Refugee camps. Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949. 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. Oral histories (document genres) W., Albin,--1914- Majdanek (Concentration camp) United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration. Zeilsheim (Displaced persons camp)

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