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Abraham D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2376) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2376

Videotape testimony of Abraham D., who was born in Hrubieszów, Poland in 1930, the youngest of three brothers. He recalls attending Polish school and cheder; brief Soviet invasion, then German occupation; his father and brothers fleeing to the Soviet zone (he never saw them again); forced relocation; his mother posing as a non-Jew and earning money as a messenger; her disappearance; living with his brothers' friend; hiding with Polish friends when the Jews were liquidated; leaving when his rescuers feared discovery; learning some Jews were taken to Budzyń; walking there; a privileged kitchen job; feeling "this camp broke" him; Jewish prisoner officials preventing random shootings of others prisoners by preemptively beating them in front of guards; transfer to Majdanek after nine months; a mass shooting of non-Jewish Poles; transfer six months later to Auschwitz for a day, then to another camp; slave labor in a munitions factory; a German civilian worker giving him extra food; a death march and train transport to Mauthausen; Czechs throwing them food; transfer to Theresienstadt; Soviet liberation; "stealing" food from nearby; being taken to Windermere, England via Prague; transfer to a hostel; attending school in Glasgow, then London; and marriage. Mr. D. discuss prewar and camp life in detail; inter-group relations in camps; at times, losing hope despite his will to survive; losing his belief in God; and sharing his experiences with his children, friends, and colleagues.

Author/Creator
D., Abraham, 1930-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
January 17, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abraham D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2376). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.