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Henry T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1703) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1703

Videotape testimony of Henry T., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1923. He recalls a comfortable childhood; antisemitic violence in school and on the streets; German invasion; briefly fleeing east with his father; anti-Jewish restrictions including forced labor; ghettoization in March 1941 with his parents and sister; his mother's deportation in October 1942 (he never saw her again); transfer to Płaszów in January 1943 with his father and sister; assignment to a privileged work brigade under Oskar Schindler; receiving extra rations; public hanging of a friend; transfer to Mauthausen in September 1944; horrendous work in the stone quarry; liberation in May 1945; living in Linz; hearing from his sister; learning his father perished; briefly returning to Kraków; leaving for Heidelberg due to antisemitic violence; meeting his future wife; emigration to the United States and marriage in 1948. Mr. T. discusses difficulty describing Mauthausen; returning there with his wife to walk the quarry steps as a free man; attributing his survival to Schindler and his own mechanical skills; and pride in his children. He shows photographs.

T., Henry, 1923-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 12, 1990.
Kraków (Poland)
Linz (Austria)
Heidelberg (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1703). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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