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Hirsh A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1620) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin and Hannah Levinsky-Koevary

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1620

Videotape testimony of Hirsh A., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1914. He recalls his large, extended family; their affluence; attending Jewish schools; participating in a Zionist group; antisemitic harassment at university; German invasion in September 1939; ghettoization; his family remaining together due to their affluence; hiding in a bunkers during round-ups; being discovered; deportation to Majdanek; separation from his mother and sister; remaining with his father and brother; slave labor; encountering his sister and learning his mother had been killed; the deaths of his brother and father; transfer to Skarżysko, then Częstochowa; help from a friend from Warsaw; transfer to Buchenwald, then Colditz; a death march to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Landsberg displaced persons camp with Beriḥah; marriage; his daughter's birth; working in the camp administration; visits by Ben-Gurion and Leonard Bernstein; shipping ORT school equipment to Israel when the camp was closing; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. A. discusses learning his sister perished in Auschwitz; pervasive painful memories and nightmares; involvement in survivor and commemorative events in the United States; and trips to Poland and Israel. He shows photographs and documents.

Author/Creator
A., Hirsh, 1914-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
May 23, June 21, and October 24, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hirsh A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1620). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.