Abraham W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-630) interviewed by Brenda Stiefel and Gabriele Schiff
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
- Interview Date
- November 9, 1985.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Abraham W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-630). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Abraham W., who was born in Drohobych, Ukraine (then Poland), in 1906. Mr. W. describes the roles of Leon Reich and David Herzog in his admission to university in Graz; his association with Nobel laureate Victor Hess; transfer to Charles University in Prague in 1931 due to antisemitism; becoming a pharmacist in Rava-Ruʹska in December 1939; learning of his mother's murder by a Ukrainian; ghettoization; friendship with the Pole selected by the Germans to replace him; and sheltering a woman escapee from a deportation train to nearby Belzec. He recalls a Gestapo operative who befriended him, warned him of round-ups, and sheltered his family members; hiding with his wife in the pharmacy after a December 1942 Aktion; seeking shelter with the Gestapo agent because the suicides of two clandestine radio operators could be linked with the pharmacy; and liberation by Soviet forces in July 1944. He recounts departing for Kraków, then Prague in 1946; emigration to the United States in 1948, then to Israel for economic reasons soon after; returning to America years later; appearing on a Chicago television talk show; and his testimony in deportation proceedings against a Ukrainian who collaborated with the Germans.