Arthur R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2342) interviewed by Josie Riger and David Krakow
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1991
- Interview Date
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Arthur R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2342). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Arthur R., who was born in Rzeszów, Poland in 1927. He recalls moving often due to his father's business; attending Polish and Hebrew schools; his family's affluence; living in Zaklików; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced relocation with his mother and brother to Skorków (his father escaped); deportation with his younger brother to Budzyń; cold, starvation, frequent killings, and slave labor; his brother saving him from selection when he was ill; transfer a year later to Mielec; slave labor in an airplane factory; transfer to Flossenbürg in late 1944; evacuation by train in 1945; Allied bombing of the locomotives; a death march; escaping at night; liberation by United States troops; traveling to Frankfurt; working for the U.S. military in Heddernheim; living in Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; emigration to the United States in 1947 (his brother went to Palestine); overcoming his maladjustment and distrust of everyone; serving in the Korean War; and marriage in 1954. Mr. R. discusses wishing he had been a cat or a dog rather than a Jew after arriving in Budzyń; a recent trip with his wife and brother to his hometown; learning his father was shot attempting to find him and his brother; and difficulty describing the suffering they endured.