William R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-9) interviewed by Laurel Vlock
- New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
- Interview Date
- August 6, 1979 and April, 1980.
- 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.
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.