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Itamar O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4170)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4170

Videotape testimony of Itamar O., who was born Warsaw, Poland in 1936, an only child. He recounts summer vacations in Sródborów; his father's medical practice; his grandparents' affluence; their assimilated lifestyle; German invasion; his father's military draft; his capture by Germans as a prisoner of war; his mother's futile attempt to find him; living with his paternal grandparents; entrusting valuables to his mother's non-Jewish nanny; ghettoization; hiding while the adults worked; his grandparents' deportation; accompanying his mother to work; learning his father had returned and was outside the ghetto; his father arranging their escape; obtaining funds and false papers from his uncle's Polish business partner (he was in Armia Krajowa) and valuables from his mother's nanny; his father reading to him nightly which made conditions bearable and provided an education; observing the ghetto burning from his window; his aunt and uncle joining them when they moved to Praga (they moved five times after being discovered, then bribing officials); fleeing to Płudy; liberation by Soviet troops; his father's attempt to join the Polish army (he was rejected due to his health); moving to Mińsk Mazowiecki; continuing to live as non-Jews; harassment at school when students suspected he was Jewish; moving to Wrocław; his father's death in 1949; moving to his uncle's home in Warsaw; becoming a mechanical engineer at university in Warsaw; and emigration with his mother to Israel in the 1950s. Mr. O. notes his complex relationship with Poland and becoming a Zionist two years after arriving in Israel.

Author/Creator
O., Itamar, 1936-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2000
Interview Date
March 16, and May 11, 2000.
Locale
Poland
Warsaw
Warsaw (Poland)
Sródborów (Poland)
Praga (Warsaw, Poland)
Mińsk Mazowiecki (Poland)
Wrocław (Poland)
Płudy (Poland)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Itamar O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4170). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.