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Ben S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1330) interviewed by Frania Block and Barry Cohen,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1330

Videotape testimony of Ben S., who was born in Opátow, Poland in 1925. He recalls attending public school and yeshiva; German occupation in 1939; ghettoization including Jews from surrounding areas; deportation in August 1942 with 800 others to Skarz̈ysko-Kamienna; forced labor in the ammunition factory; an injury resulting in blindness in one eye; appells; and brutality and killings by guards. Mr. S. tells of transfer after eighteen months; chaotic conditions in Piotrków; receiving food from a Pole who had worked for his father; transfer to Buchenwald in open rail cars; a German who gave them food; Hitler Youth beating them; marching through Dresden to Terezín; and liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945. Mr. S. graphically details camp conditions, the impact of extreme hunger and notes that his entire family was killed in Treblinka.

S., Ben, 1925-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
October 11, 1989.
Opatów (Tarnobrzeg)
Dresden (Germany)
Opatów (Województwo Świętokrzyskie, Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ben S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1330). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.