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Michael R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-159) interviewed by Dori Laub

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-159

Videotape testimony of Michael R., who was born in Wieliczka, Poland in 1911. He describes his childhood; his apprenticeship to a baker in Działoszyce; the German occupation of his town; his marriage in December 1939; and the birth of his child in 1940. He speaks of his forced labor until the liquidation of his town in 1942; his and his family's unsuccessful attempts to hide; his brief stay with his wife and child in a labor camp near Kraków; and their internment in the Kraków ghetto, where he and his wife were separated from their child and his mother-in-law and taken to separate labor camps. He relates his transport to Gross Rosen; his transfer a week later to the Wüstegiersdorf labor camp; and his arrival in Flossenbürg in January 1945. He recalls the march to Buchenwald; the death march from there, which he managed to flee; and his encounter with liberating U.S. soldiers. Mr. R. also recounts his immediate postwar activities; his journey to Kraków in search of surviving family members; his reunion with his wife in Bergen-Belsen; their stay until 1948 in the displaced persons camp of Kirchenbruch; and the unsuccessful search for their child.

R., Michael, 1911-
New Haven, Conn. : Holocaust Survivors Film Project, 1980
Interview Date
March 22, 1980.
Wieliczka (Poland)
Działoszyce (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Michael R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-159). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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