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Henry H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1116) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Barbara Hadley Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1116

Videotape testimony of Henry H., who was born in Zawiercie, Poland, in 1919. Mr. H. describes his youth in a family of eight children; German occupation of Zawiercie; implementation of antisemitic measures; ghettoization in 1941; deportation of some 2,000 Jews (including his mother and a brother) in 1942; hiding in the ghetto; and his deportation to Birkenau with other family members in August 1943. He recounts the selection resulting in the deaths of his sisters; transport with a brother to Fünfteichen; posing as an electrician; suffering from extreme hunger; receiving smuggled food from his brother; an SS man who helped prolong his recuperative stay in the infirmary; antisemitism of other prisoner groups; transfer with his brother to Ebensee in early 1945; and his brother's death on liberation day. He recalls living with another brother in Munich after the war; visiting the United States in 1950; returning to Munich in 1951 to marry; and returning permanently to New York in 1952.

Author/Creator
H., Henry, 1919-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
October 26, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1116). 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/972031
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