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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4345

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.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Harry W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4345). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.