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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-9

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    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.
    R., William, 1929-1996.
    New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
    Interview Date
    August 6, 1979 and April, 1980.
    Częstochowa (Poland)
    Stuttgart (Germany)
    Cite As
    William R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-9). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Vlock, Laurel, interviewer.
    Associated material: Jack P. Holocaust testimony [friend] (HVT-157), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub. and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    2 videorecordings (1 hr., 20 min. and 1 hr., 1 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hrubieszów (Poland : Concentration camp) DNL

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