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Moshe S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-889) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Peggy Morton

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-889

Videotape testimony of Moshe S., who was born in Końskie, Poland in 1912. He tells of the strong influence of Judaism on life in the town; a 1934 Polish boycott of Jewish stores; running from the town when the Germans invaded and returning a few days later; formation of the Judenrat; public execution of seventy Jewish men in retribution for an anti-German action of the Polish military; ghettoization; and fleeing with his family to the Kraków ghetto. Mr. S. recalls incarceration in Płaszów; liquidation of Kraków, including his parents; atrocities in Płaszów, particularly on Jewish holidays; deportation to Auschwitz in February 1944; transfer in January 1945 to Gross Rosen, then Buchenwald; and liberation by United States troops. He recounts going to a rehabilitation center in Switzerland; marriage in 1950; emigration to the United States in 1954; the deaths of his extended family of some seventy people except for one uncle; and the importance of relating his experiences to his children, especially on holidays. Mr. S. sings a song from Buchenwald and shows his camp uniform.

S., Moshe, 1912-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
May 4, 1987.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Moshe S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-889). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.