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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3191

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    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.
    P., William, 1923-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1997
    Interview Date
    March 25, 1997.
    Częstochowa (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Vienna (Austria)
    Salzburg (Austria)
    Poznań (Poland)
    Cite As
    William P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3191). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Katz, Helen, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 25 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Mutual aid.
    Child survivors.

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