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Walter M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3994)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3994

Videotape testimony of Walter M., who was born in Spišská Nová Ves, Czechoslovakia in 1930, one of six brothers. He recounts posing as a non-Jew successfully due to his “Aryan” appearance; working for a German officer; obtaining food for his family; his father's arrest in 1944; seeking assistance from the officer; his positive response despite learning Walter M. was Jewish; taking food to his father; learning one of his brothers had died; his father's release for the mourning period; round-up with his parents; their transfer to a prison in Prešov, then deportation to Auschwitz three days later; many deaths en route; transfer to Fürstenberg/Ravensbrück; separation from his mother; placement in a youth barrack; slave labor in the shoe workshop and other assignments; considering volunteering for a medical procedure to receive extra bread (his father dissuaded him); seeing his female cousin arrive; attempting to speak to her; public execution of a man who killed a German while attempting escape; extra food on Christmas; transfer with other children to Sachsenhausen; Allied planes dropping pamphlets; receiving a Red Cross package; locating his father; liberation by Soviet troops; walking to Bernau; train transport to Poznań, then Katowice; living in a displaced persons camp; returning home via Lʹviv, and Košice; learning his family had been killed; his father's emigration to Palestine in 1946; and joining him in 1947. Mr. M. notes his father wrote a book about his experiences.

M., Walter, 1930-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
Interview Date
February 19 and 26, 1998.
2 copies: Betcacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Walter M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3994). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.