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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.
Spišská Nová Ves (Slovakia)
Prešov (Slovakia)
Bernau (Brandenburg, Germany)
Poznań (Poland)
Katowice (Poland)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Košice (Slovakia)
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.