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Adam M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-528) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork and Brenda Steifel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-528

Videotape testimony of Adam M., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1927. He describes his family fleeing to Belgium; their peaceful life; German invasion; fleeing to Montpellier; his father's arrest and release due to a French medal received in World War I Polish Army service; life in Le Bousquet-d'Orb from 1940 to 1943; participation in a children's transport, organized by Quakers, to the United States in 1942; its cancellation when the U.S. entered the war; and German occupation. Mr. M. recalls his parents' and brother's internment; their release due to his father's World War I service; he and his brother being separately hidden; living in Villefranche-de-Rouergue where his host hid many Jews; being moved by the underground to Saint-Martin-Vésubie; living with his family; escape to Italy with 1,200 Jews in September 1943; hiding in convents and monasteries in Rome; near escape from the Ardeatine massacre round-up; and liberation by U.S. troops. He recounts emigration to the United States; internment in Fort Ontario Refugee Camp; a Congressional bill allowing them entry into the U.S.; aid from HIAS; and being drafted into the U.S. Army. In this extraordinarily descriptive testimony, Mr. M. reflects upon how his experiences have changed him and his anger at those who could have helped and did not.

Author/Creator
M., Adam, 1927-1988.
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
November 10, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Adam M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-528). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.