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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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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    W., Alter, 1926-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
    Interview Date
    November 11, 1990.
    Locale
    Poland
    Chrzanów (Poland)
    Italy
    Palestine
    Cite As
    Alter W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1729). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Eger, Jane, interviewer.
    Notes
    Related publication: From a Name to a Number: A Holocaust Survivor's Autobiography / Alter Wiener. -- Bloomington, Ind. : Author Solutions, Inc., c 2006.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    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.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296017
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-30 11:33:00
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