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

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    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.
    D., Abraham, 1919?-
    Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1988
    Interview Date
    June 30, 1988.
    Salzburg (Austria)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Mława (Poland)
    Strzegowo-Osada (Poland)
    Płońsk (Poland)
    Żuromin (Poland)
    Cite As
    Abraham D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1835). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Graif, Gidʻon, interviewer.
    Rozner, Raphael.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.
    Related publication: Megiles̀ Oyshṿits. English The scrolls of Auschwitz / Ber Mark ; [translated from the Hebrew by Sharon Neemani ; adapted from the Yiddish original text ; edited by Isaiah Avrech]. -- Tel Aviv : Oved Pub. House, c1985.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 23 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Concentration camps Underground movements.
    Concentration camps Revolts.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Mutual aid

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