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Noe H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4269) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4269

Videotape testimony of Noe H., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1926. He describes his large, extended family; summers with relatives in Myślenice and Jawornik; German invasion; expulsion from their apartment in October 1939; escaping to Myślenice in January 1940; forced labor to obtain rations; arrest and imprisonment in April 1940; transfer to Pustków; a Polish civilian worker conveying messages to his family; the Pole facilitating his escape with four others to De̜bica; reunion with his mother in Tarnów; hiding in Jawornik, Bochnia, and Myślenice; entering Płaszów in May 1941; slave labor building railroads; transfer to Prokocim; return to Płaszów; learning his parents had been deported; briefly escaping; hiding with a Polish friend's aunt; returning to Płaszów; transfer to Skarżysko in 1943; slave labor with toxic chemicals; volunteering as a painter; assignment exhuming and burning bodies; transfer to Buchenwald, then Schlieben; assignment to a HASAG fire brigade; assigning sick prisoners to the fire brigade, thus saving them; pulling large artillery to Falkenberg; train transport to Bautzen; liberation by Polish-Soviet troops; traveling to Chemnitz, then Kraków; acquiring papers from the Red Cross; illegally entering Czechoslovakia with other DPs; arrest in Ostrava; a Jewish officer arranging their escape; working for the Joint; obtaining travel documents in Prague; living in Munich and Regensburg displaced persons camp; attending an ORT school; marriage in 1947; recognizing a Nazi from Płaszów in Regensburg (he was not arrested due to lack of corroborating witnesses); and emigration to the United States in 1951. Mr. H. notes difficulty believing his own experiences and surviving due to luck. He shows photographs, documents, and his camp uniform.

Author/Creator
H., Noe, 1926-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2004
Interview Date
March 5, 2004.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Noe H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4269). 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/6572304
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