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Avraham M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3309) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak and Anita Tarsi

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3309

Videotape testimony of Avraham M., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1922. He recounts his father's emigration to Palestine in 1925 to prepare for the family to join him; his return when his own father was ill; participation in Gordonyah; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; working for a printer; printing circulars for the resistance; his father's appointment to the Judenrat; resistance meetings with Mordechai Anielewicz and Eleizer Geller; discussions of the purpose of resistance and dying; ghettoization in 1943; helping a Jew from Warsaw escape; obtaining Paraguayan citizenship papers through Zionist contacts in Switzerland; transfer to Tittmoning in May 1943 as an exchange foreign citizen; benign conditions; receiving Red Cross packages; one visit from his father; transfer to Laufen-Ilag; liberation by United States troops in April 1945; transfer to a hospital in London when he was injured, then to Hamburg; moving to Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camps; organizing a Zionist youth group; and emigration to Israel. Mr. M. discusses the Judenrat and ghetto police, including his father's role; learning his mother, father, and sister were killed in Auschwitz; and participating in founding a kibbutz for those from the British zone.

Author/Creator
M., Avraham, 1922-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
July 25, 1992.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Avraham M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3309). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.