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Iser R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1891) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1891

Videotape testimony of Iser R., who was born in Piątek, Poland in 1923, one of nine children. He recalls German bombardment in September 1939; moving to the Warsaw ghetto; being smuggled to the Wegrow ghetto; escaping the liquidation in September 1942; a Polish family hiding him in their attic for two years; his hostess being killed and host injured by German bombing; liberation by Soviet troops; vouching to the Soviets for his rescuers; traveling to Łódź; learning no relatives had survived; living in Föhrenwald displaced persons camp, Munich, and Netherlands; emigration to Israel in 1949; serving in the military; marriage; and emigration with his wife and children to the United States in 1963. Mr. R. notes he paid his rescuers nothing; amazement that they risked their lives to save him, essentially a stranger; visiting Poland twice in the last ten years; continuing to send money to his rescuers; and buying his rescuer's son a car. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
R., Iser, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
March 14, 1991.
Language
English
Yiddish
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP Restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Iser R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1891). 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/4296318
Record last modified: 2015-07-13 13:35:00
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