William P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3191) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1997
- Interview Date
- March 25, 1997.
- 3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- William P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3191). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of William P., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland in 1923, one of eight children in an impoverished family. He recalls German invasion; forced farm labor in 1940; assistance from his brother; returning home; incarceration in a labor camp; escape; returning to Częstochowa; entering the ghetto; working as a tailor; deportation to Auschwitz; slave labor; liberation in 1945; recovering in Theresienstadt; returning to Częstochowa; hearing two brothers had survived; traveling to Warsaw, Poznań, Prague, Budapest, and Vienna; living in Salzburg; emigration to the United States in 1949; and marriage. Mr. P. discusses the importance to his survival of luck and always obeying orders; his sense of never knowing what was happening in the camps; the deaths of many relatives during the Holocaust; fears of sharing his experiences until 1955; and his surviving brothers' lives. He shows photographs.