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William S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2397) interviewed by Diane M. Plotkin,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2397

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    Videotape testimony of William S., who was born in Kraków, Poland, one of three children. He recounts German invasion; fleeing east; receiving a gun from a Polish officer; arriving in Lʹviv; Soviets disarming him and sending them home; forced labor breaking rocks; ghettoization; clandestinely leaving the ghetto to smuggle food for his family; deportations including his parents, brother, and his girlfriend's family; marriage in the ghetto; transfer to Płaszów; separation from his wife and sister; visiting them; public executions; being beaten for defending a fellow prisoner; his wife's deportation; transfer to Auschwitz, then Rajsko; being used once for specious medical experiments; observing sadistic "experiments" on other prisoners; working as the prisoner-doctor's assistant, then in the garage; smuggling meat and bribing the kapo with it; sharing extra food with a cousin; transfer to Gross-Rosen; brief hospitalization; escape and capture, then escaping again; joining a transport to Buchenwald; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; returning to Kraków; reunion with his wife; traveling to Austria; living in a displaced persons camp; assistance from UNRRA; his son's birth; emigration to the United States in 1949; and the births of two more children.
    S., William, 1919?-
    Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1991
    Interview Date
    October 22, 1991.
    Kraków (Poland)
    Lʹviv (Ukraine)
    Cite As
    William S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2397). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Plotkin, Diane M., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 3/4 in. submaster; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 56 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Marriage in Jewish ghettos.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.

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