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Alter W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1729) interviewed by Jane Eger and Pam Goodman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1729

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    Videotape testimony of Alter W., who was born in Chrzanów, Poland in 1926. He recalls his family's affluence; his mother's death when he was four; his father's remarriage; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; fleeing east with his stepmother, older brother, and younger half-brother; returning home three months later (his father had disappeared in their absence); finding his father's corpse when it was exhumed from a mass grave; his older brother's deportation in 1941; his deportation to Blechhammer; meeting his brother there; slave labor; transfer to Brande; separation from his brother (he never saw him again); slave labor on the Reichsautobahn; transfer to Gross Masselwitz, Klettendorf, then Waldenburg; a German civilian worker bringing him extra food; contemplating suicide; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; recuperating in a sanatorium; returning home; learning three cousins from his family of 120 had survived; illegally traveling to Italy with assistance from the Jewish brigade; illegal emigration to Palestine; imprisonment by the British; military service in the 1948 war; marriage in 1952; the births of two sons; and emigration to the United States in 1960. Mr. W. discusses focusing only on food and survival in the camps, and his loneliness and isolation after the war.
    W., Alter, 1926-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
    Interview Date
    November 11, 1990.
    Chrzanów (Poland)
    Cite As
    Alter W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1729). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Eger, Jane, interviewer.
    Related publication: From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography / Alter Wiener. -- Bloomington, Ind. : Author Solutions, Inc., c 2006.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 34 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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