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Abraham E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-579) interviewed by Norman Blumenthal and Miriam Forman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-579

Videotape testimony of Abraham E., who was born in Oświęcim, Poland in 1925. He describes the German invasion; fleeing eastward to Sokolow; returning to Oświęcim; finding their homes destroyed and possessions stolen; forced labor; SS troops photographing atrocities against the Jews; and evacuation of all local Jews as part of construction of the Auschwitz complex. Mr. E. recalls evacuation to Sosnowiec; his inability to find food; smuggling activities; incarceration and being terribly beaten; his disbelief that humans could treat others, especially a youngster, with such brutality; forced labor in Katowice; deportation to Auschwitz of almost all Jews, including his family, except him and his brother; their deportation to Blechhammer, then Dyhrenfurth; his brother's death from a beating; transport to Auschwitz (A block of Birkenau); and camp leaders helping youngsters like himself. He relates evacuation to Kaufering at the end of 1944; extreme hunger, illness and brutal work conditions; a forced march to Allach; liberation by American troops; living in Munich until 1955; and reunion with his sister. He discusses his hope that his children will never experience what he has; his feeling of having been robbed of his youth; and the lack of knowledge of the role of the SS leading to President Reagan's visit to Bitburg.

Author/Creator
E., Abraham, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
May 5, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abraham E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-579). 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/972009
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