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Moses M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2497) interviewed by Gillian Green Douek

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2497

Videotape testimony of Moses M., who was born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland in 1923, the oldest of six children. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; attending cheder and public school; his bar mitzvah; leaving school at thirteen to work in his parents' bakery; working in his uncle's bakery in Łódź; German invasion; returning home; ghettoization; forced labor in a glass factory; having to stay in the factory while the ghetto was liquidated (he never saw his family again); transfer to Skarżysko-Kamienna; slave labor in a HASAG munitions factory; digging anti-tank trenches in 1944; transfer to Buchenwald, then to a forest near Leipzig; building a munitions factory; hospitalization after a beating; transfer to agricultural work; improved health due to receiving more food; transfer to Theresienstadt in April 1945; assistance from the Red Cross; hospitalization; liberation by Soviet troops; prisoners killing German soldiers; registering for transfer to England; arriving at Windermere in August; transfer to an orthodox hostel in London; working as a cook; marriage in 1951; and his daughter's birth. Mr. M. shows photographs and expresses his gratitude to England.

Author/Creator
M., Moses, 1923-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
November 24, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Moses M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2497). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.