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Victor S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-885) interviewed by Brenda Steifel and Norman Blumenthal,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-885

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Victor S., who was born in 1910 in Kozienice, Poland. He recalls being raised in a Hasidic family; Polish army service in 1934; work as a cabinet maker in Warsaw when the Germans invaded; army service in several places; deserting; assistance from Poles in reaching safety in Łódź; and returning to Kozienice. Mr. S. details leaving for Warsaw to join his girlfriend; their marriage in Kraśnik, her hometown; ghettoization; forced labor; his son's birth; finding his wife's mother, father and grandmother murdered; his incarceration in Budzyń in late 1942; learning of a mass killing in Kraśnik including his child, wife, and her family; and the Yiddish poem "Memorial," he wrote upon learning of their deaths. He recalls specific atrocities in Budzyń and Kaufering; liberation by United States forces in April 1945; many prisoner deaths after liberation; living in Germany; and his marriage to another survivor. Mr. S. tells of the murder of most of his family in Treblinka; a short stop in Auschwitz on a transport from Poland to Germany; the importance of his poetry; and the Hasidic influence in Kozienice. He shows family photographs.
    Author/Creator
    S., Victor, 1910-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
    Interview Date
    May 3, 1987.
    Locale
    Poland
    Kraśnik
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Łódź (Poland)
    Kraśnik (Poland)
    Kozienice (Poland)
    Cite As
    Victor S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-885). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Steifel, Brenda, interviewer.
    Blumenthal, Norman, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 41 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Wife Death.
    Mass killings.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1029477
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
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