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David D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1943) interviewed by Chaya Roth,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1943

Videotape testimony of David D., who was born in Sierpc, Poland in 1923, one of five children. He recalls German invasion in 1939; one brother's death in the Polish military; forced transfer with his family to Warsaw; living with an uncle; working outside of Warsaw; providing food for his family; his parents' deaths from starvation; trying to persuade his sister and brother to leave with him (they refused); traveling to Raciąż; briefly returning to Warsaw for his siblings (they would not join him); ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; finding a cousin; assignment to masonry school (this saved his life); working in Birkenau (he later learned they built a crematorium), then outside the camp; Polish civilians bringing them food; smuggling food from the bakery to fellow prisoners; a death march to Waldlager in January 1945, then to Dachau; liberation from a train in Tuszyn by United States troops; living in Feldafing, then Landsberg; reunion with his cousin; traveling to Italy to emigrate to Palestine; returning to Landsberg; marriage in 1946; his son's birth; assistance from HIAS locating relatives in the United States; and emigration there in February 1949. Mr. D. notes he is the sole survivor and wants others to remember his family.

D., David, 1923-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
April 9, 1995.
Sierpc (Poland : Powiat)
Warsaw (Poland)
Raciąż (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Tuszyn (Łódź, Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1943). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.