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William R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-9) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-9

Videotape testimony of William R., who was born in Częstochowa, Poland, in 1918. He describes prewar Jewish life in his town; his happy childhood and young adulthood as part of a large, close-knit, religiously observant family; the German occupation and ghettoization of Częstochowa; his black market activities to obtain food for his starving family in the ghetto; the liquidation of the ghetto and the destruction of his family; his unsuccessful attempt to save his younger brother and the sense of guilt at his failure; and his experiences in numerous concentration camps. Mr. R. speaks of his liberation by American troops near Stuttgart; life in a displaced persons camp for three years after the war; and his emigration to the United States. He reflects on the responsibility of survivors to tell the world of the brutality of the Nazis toward the Jews; the inability of Jewish prisoners to help each other; the "miracles" to which he attributes his survival; and his wish for his children to be informed about the Holocaust and to carry on the Jewish tradition.

Author/Creator
R., William, 1929-1996.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
August 6, 1979 and April, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub. and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-9). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/616774
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