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Abraham D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1835) interviewed by Gidʻon Graif and Raphael Rozner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1835

Videotape testimony of Abraham D., who was born in Żuromin, Poland in approximately 1919. He recalls German invasion; being sent away for forced labor; returning to find no Jews; traveling to Warsaw; finding his parents and siblings; escaping with his brother to Płońsk; being joined by his mother, another brother, and sister; their deportation; staying in Strzegowo-Osada, then Mława; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in December 1942; their assignment sorting clothing of murdered Jews; living with the Sonderkommando, including Leyb Langfus and Zalman Gradowski, whose diaries were found and published after the war; the Sonderkommando uprising on October 7, 1944; being shot; hospitalization; assistance from a Jewish doctor; the death march in January; being transported by a cousin and friends; his brother's escape; train transport to Mauthausen, then to Ebensee; liberation by United States troops; living in Italy, Frankfurt, and Salzburg; reunion with his brother; and their emigration to Israel. Mr. D. notes they did not believe any would survive the camps; the importance of always remaining with his brother; cruel guards such as Otto Moll; and shame after the war because he was in the Sonderkommando, until Yad Vashem encouraged him to discuss his experiences.

Author/Creator
D., Abraham, 1919?-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1988
Interview Date
June 30, 1988.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abraham D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1835). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296188
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