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Sol F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-854) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Sara Moss Herz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-854

Videotape testimony of Sol F., who was born in Cluj, Romania in 1907. He describes his mother's struggles to support the family after his father's death; becoming a dancer; deteriorating conditions for Jews from 1941 onward; forced labor on the Russian front in 1942; one family visit; transport to Auschwitz; beatings and hunger; and transfer to Longwy-Thil, France where he worked approximately one year. He describes a forced march; working in a salt mine at Heilbronn; transfer to Dachau, then Passau; desertion by SS guards; foraging for food; exchanging clothes with a German soldier; receiving a document from General Eisenhower at a hospital in Mittenwald; living in Feldafing; returning to Cluj (none of his family survived); escaping to the American zone; working for the American forces; and writing a letter to Eisenhower, who helped him come to the United States. Other topics include his belief that God helped him survive; pride in his daughter; nightmares; frequent thoughts of his children who did not survive; and his decision not to tell his daughter about his experiences.

F., Sol, 1907-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
April 13, 1992.
Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Mittenwald (Germany)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sol F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-854). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.