Peter P. testimony 2010 [video recording]
Date of Recording15 August 2010
Duration1h 47m 0.0s
SynopsisPeter P. was born in Vienna, Austria in 1927. He describes his family and heritage. He recalls experiencing antisemitism at school. He recalls the Anschluss and the German invasion, which led his family to move to Czechoslovakia. His describes how his mother was able to secure a job in Britain and had planned to send for her children once she was established. Peter explains that he and his sister were left in Brussels with their grandmother. He recalls the German invasion of Belgium and his grandmother’s death. Peter discusses their living conditions, finding work and food. He discusses the details of his arrest by the Gestapo in Belgium. He describes his transfer to Malines camp by train, the selection process, and conditions of the camp. Peter describes the transfer to Auschwitz and the arrival process. He describes forced labour, interactions with the guards, and the barracks. Peter discusses his selection and transfer to work at the Warsaw ghetto. He recalls becoming ill and his transfer to a quarantine camp. Peter describes his experience on a death march. He describes the transfer to Dachau camp by train and an incident of violence by the guards. Peter recalls forced labour at Muhldorf camp. He describes evacuating the camp via train and surviving American bombing of the train on the way to Austria. He describes liberation by American troops and receiving assistance from a refugee organization. He recalls reuniting with his sister in Brussels and joining their mother in the United Kingdom. He speaks about changing his name. He discusses having his tattoo removed. He discusses sharing his story and becoming an active outreach speaker.
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Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.