Naftali W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1707) interviewed by Helen W. Silverman and Eva Kantor
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- November 4, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Naftali W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1707). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Naftali W., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1924, one of six children. He recalls beatings by non-Jews; visiting grandparents in Sędziszów; German invasion; returning home; his father's departure for Soviet territory; his family's return to Sędziszów; incarceration in a forced labor camp; escape; his father's return; ghettoization; a round-up; selection with one brother (he never saw his family again); transfer to the Rzeszów ghetto; deportation to Mielec without his brother; a privileged position; receiving food from a German engineer and Polish civilian workers; transfer to Wieliczka, Flossenbürg, and Leitmeritz; public hangings; transfer to Mauthausen, then Gusen; beatings by Ukrainian prisoners; posing as a non-Jew to obtain better treatment; assistance from a German; liberation by United States troops in May 1945; traveling to Italy with the Jewish brigade; living in Modena and a displaced persons camp; illegal emigration; incarceration on Cyprus by the British; marriage; arriving in Palestine in 1947; participating in the Israel-Arab War; and his career in the air force and aircraft industry. Mr. W. discusses camp conditions and experiences; wishing to die in the camps; not knowing how he survived; reluctance to share his experiences, even with his wife and children; and family losses.