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Harry W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4345) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz and Dana L. Kline,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4345

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Harry W., who was born in Żychlin, Poland in 1927, one of four children. He recounts attending cheder and public school; German invasion; forced construction labor; ghettoization; his father's deportation; transfer to forced labor constructing roads with his father; their transfer to another camp; his cousin freezing to death; transfer to Poznań, then Kreuzsee; his father's deterioration since he was doing much of his (Harry's) work; his father's transfer to Auschwitz (he never saw him again); losing his will to live; transfer to Auschwitz five months later, then to another camp; slave labor in a Krupps factory; a German overseer giving him extra food; a death march; collapsing from exhaustion; being left for dead; hiding in a forest with other prisoners; assistance from locals; liberation by United States troops; living and working with U.S. troops in Nuremberg; emigration to the United States in 1949; marriage; and the births of three children. Mr. W. notes he was in Gross-Rosen; pervasive painful memories; and not wanting to frighten his children with stories of his experiences. He shows documents and photographs.
    Author/Creator
    W., Harry, 1927-2013.
    Published
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2006
    Interview Date
    June 26, 2006.
    Locale
    Poland
    Żychlin (Konin)
    Żychlin (Konin, Poland)
    Nuremberg (Germany)
    Cite As
    Harry W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4345). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Katz, Barbara Hadley, interviewer.
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 26 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Forests.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/7868730
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
    This page:
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