Avraham W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4342)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992 and 1993
- Interview Date
- November 16, 1992; January 11 and Frebruary 17, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Avraham W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4342). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Avraham W., who was born in Radom, Poland in 1925, the second of three children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; attending heder and a Jewish high school; German invasion in September 1939; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization in April 1941; round-up when visiting friends in August 1942; slave labor in a factory; escaping; return to the ghetto; learning his family had been deported (none survived); assistance from friends; deciding not to eat bread during Passover; his future wife sending him vegetables; Poles throwing food over the wall; volunteering for deportation to Pionki; slave labor repairing bicycles; encountering an uncle with whom he remained until liberation; praying with his tefillin; public hangings; a month's transfer to Małusy Wielke to dig anti-tank tranches for Organization Todt; transfer to Oranianburg; having to give up his tefillin; fasting and joining a group to pray on Yom Kippur; public hangings; transfer to a factory camp in October 1944; sharing extra food received from a guard; transfer in February 1945 to Rathenow; slave labor in an airplane factory; sharing extra food received from a German civilian worker; abandonment by the guards in late April; leaving with a group; living with a Jewish family in Berlin, then in Neuruppin; traveling to the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; encountering his future wife; returning to Berlin; working with Beriḥah smuggling survivors for illegal emigration to Palestine; assistance from the Joint; illegal emigration to Palestine in 1947; marriage; and the births of two children. Mr. W. discusses his continuing faith; the importance of remaining humane and assistance from others to his survival; sharing his experiences with his daughter, but not his son; and nightmares due to his experiences.