Moshe V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3495) interviewed by Miriam Freilich
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- November 16, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Moshe V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3495). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Moshe V., who was born in Pinsk, Russia (presently Belarus), one of three children. He recalls his family's relative affluence; his father's career as a teacher and his mother's as a physician; attending cheder and a Russian primary school; his mother's death in 1924; attending gymnasium starting in 1926; private lessons from a rabbi; attending engineering school in Warsaw; antisemitic harassment; living and working at the orphanage of Janusz Korczak; a summer at Korczak's camp in Gocławek; Korczak's influence leading him to change from engineering to become Korczak's student in pedagogy; marriage to a fellow student; becoming a teacher in the orphanage in 1936; working with Korczak's assistant, Stefania Wilczyńska; German invasion; having to move the orphanage to more primitive buildings; ghettoization; increasing numbers of orphans; working outside the orphanage to help support it; returning from work on August 5, 1942 to find the orphanage empty; realizing deportation meant death; escaping; assistance from non-Jewish friends; traveling to Lʹviv, then Kiev; working in construction as a non-Jew; volunteering for the Soviet military; joining a Polish division in 1944; and going with them all the way to Berlin. Mr. V. discusses Korzcak's child-rearing theories and methods, his enduring influence, and many posthumous honors Korzcak received after the war.