Polish Jewish civilian in Tarnow, Poland, 1911-1930; medical student and doctor in France, 1930-1940; private served with Polish Army in France and GB, 1940-1941; officer served with Royal Army Medical Corps attached to 81st West African Div in Nigeria, 1942-1944 and in Germany, 1945
REEL 1 Recollections of period as civilian living in Tarnow, Poland, 1911-1930: family; education; influence of Zionism on family; lack of personal; degree of anti-Semitism experienced; languages spoken at home; membership of Jewish youth club; reasons for decision not to migrate to Palestine. Period as medical student and doctor in France, 1930-1940: degree of personal freedom in comparison with Poland; reception in Limoges; father's advice not to return to Poland, 1938; work he obtained after being awarded his doctor's diploma from 1938. Memories of disbandment of Polish Army at St Jean de Luz, summer 1940.
REEL 2 Continues: Story of boarding ship at St Jean de Luz, 1940 and commission into British Army in 1941. Voyage from St Jean de Luz to Liverpool, c6/1940. Memories of period as officer with Royal Army Medical Corps attached to 81st West African Division in Nigeria, 1942-1944. Memories of one day medical relief work in Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in Germany, 1945. Obtaining British citizenship, 1947 and work as general practioner in Poland, 1948. Reasons why he didn't return to Poland, 1945 and fate of his family. Question of why he wanted to go to Spain, 6/1940. Opinion of Winston Churchill's speeches.
One of the most memorable elements of the Holocaust Exhibition is the video testimony by survivors which accompanies visitors along the route. But what happened to the survivors after the Second World War? How did they rebuild their lives in the years that followed their release from Nazi persecution?
As the Allies advanced across Europe at the end of the Second World War, they came across concentration camps filled with sick and starving prisoners. The first major camp to be liberated was Majdanek near Lublin, Poland in July 1944.