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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.

E., Abraham, 1925-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
May 5, 1985.
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Germany (West)
Bitburg (Germany)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Oświęcim (Poland)
Katowice (Poland)
Nuremberg (Germany)
Sokołów Małopolski (Poland)
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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