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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.

Author/Creator
S., Ben, 1925-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
October 11, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
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.