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Hyman T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1750) interviewed by Jaschael Pery

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1750

Videotape testimony of Hyman T., who was born in Dębica, Poland in 1926. He recounts his family's move to Drohobych; antisemitic violence; visiting relatives in Dębica in summer 1939; German invasion; ghettoization; forced labor; his inability to return home; destroying valuables rather than giving them to the Germans; transfer to the Rzeszów ghetto; a friend surviving a mass shooting; transfer to Huta Kormorowska and Biesiadka; public hangings; volunteering as a shoemaker; transfer to Pustków; shoemakers instructing him; observing cannibalism among Russian POWs; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau about a year later; being shaved and tattooed (A-17966); volunteering as a bricklayer; transfer to Gleiwitz; bricklayers instructing him; a German providing extra food; Allied bombings; a death march; being hit on the head (he still has resulting seizures); transfer to Oranienburg; prisoners killing a sadistic kapo; a death march; abandonment by the guards; a German woman feeding them; encountering United States troops; hospitalization; living in Salzburg displaced persons camp; emigration to the United States in 1949; military draft in 1950; and discharge in 1953. Mr. T. discusses his will to live in camps; his daughter's death at age twenty as his worst experience; and sharing his story with his other daughter and son. He shows documents.

Author/Creator
T., Hyman, 1926-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
January 22, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Hyman T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1750). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.