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Arthur R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2342) interviewed by Josie Riger and David Krakow

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2342

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.

Author/Creator
R., Arthur, 1927-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1991
Interview Date
1991.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296713
Record last modified: 2013-09-24 13:58:00
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