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William P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3191) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3191

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.

Author/Creator
P., William, 1923-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1997
Interview Date
March 25, 1997.
Language
English
Copies
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.