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Henry W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1945) interviewed by Ira Glick and Lee Blum

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1945

Videotape testimony of Henry W., who was born in Boryslaw, Poland in 1923. He recalls pervasive antisemitism; Soviet occupation in 1939; attending a Soviet high school with his sister; German invasion; local violence against Jews prior to German arrival; forced labor in the forests; his father's death from illness; his mother's Polish friend offering to hide them during round-ups, then her refusal to do so; hiding in the forest; being found while returning to town; his selection to remain when most were deported (his sister also remained); ghettoization; hiding during round-ups; conversion of the ghetto to a labor camp; he and others building a bunker in the woods; taking his sister there; being caught before he could escape; train transport to a camp; hospitalization; assistance from a nurse; transfer to Mauthausen in August 1944; slave labor in the quarry; transfer to Linz III; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; living in a displaced persons camp; studying in Vienna; and emigration to the United States in 1948.

W., Henry, 1923-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
February 19, 1995.
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. with VHS time coding.
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Henry W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1945). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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