Iaakov W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3249) interviewed by Tamar Shushan and Uri Lapidot
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- November 6, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Iaakov W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3249). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Iaakov W., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1926, the oldest of three brothers. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; attending a Jewish school; his bar mitzvah; German invasion; being caught in random round-ups for forced labor; his family's move to his grandfather's farm in Proszowice; anti-Jewish laws resulting in his grandfather giving the farm to one of his Polish employees; working in a sugar refinery; his father paying a non-Jew to hide his youngest brother; his brother's arrival before their deportation to Prokocim; escaping with his father; entering the Kraków ghetto; slave labor building Płaszów; digging pits for mass shootings; public hangings; transfer to another camp for six months, then to Oskar Schindler's factory; separation from his father; deportation to Mauthausen; assignment to the quarry; transfer to Gusen twelve days later; slave labor in a Messerschmitt factory; public hangings; prisoners freezing to death during a roll call; a German guard giving him food; transfer back to Mauthausen; a death march to Gelsenkirchen; lying on a pile of corpses; liberation by United States troops; many deaths from overeating; acts of revenges, particularly by Soviets; breaking into homes as his revenge; learning his father had not survived; transfer to a displaced persons camp; traveling to Bari with the Jewish Brigade; illegal emigration to Palestine by boat; interdiction by the British; and incarceration on Cyprus. Mr. W. discusses relations between ethnic groups of prisoners and witnessing cannibalism.