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Oral testimony of William Fertig

Oral History | Accession Number: 2018.278.1 | RG Number: RG-50.276.0001

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.

Interviewee
William Fertig
Interviewer
Ms. Judie Panneton
Language
English
Extent
1 sound recording : M4A.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Judie Fertig Panneton