Oral testimony of William Fertig
- William Fertig
- Ms. Judie Panneton
1 sound recording : M4A.
- Credit Line
- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judie Fertig Panneton
William Fertig, born in 1918 in Holland and raised in Berlin, Germany, discusses his family's flight from Germany to Poland; their time in a crowded ghetto; his experiences during forced labor; his specialty as a plumber and time in a work camp; the murder of his family; his imprisonment in Auschwitz; living day to day and hanging onto hope; suicide among prisoners; working in an ammunitions factory; his survival as a result of his specialized work skills; the Russian invasion of Poland; a forced march in freezing conditions; his relocation to Buchenwald for a brief period; many deaths during the march; escaping from a box car with three other prisoners; finding food and shelter with Czech farmers; help from a Czech policeman; his recovery in a Catholic hospital in Czechoslovakia at the end of the war; his time in a displaced persons camp run by the Americans; meeting his future wife in the displaced persons camp; being sponsored by an American serviceman for his immigration to the United States; and his ongoing nightmares from his wartime experiences.
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