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Simon D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-769) interviewed by Phyllis Brauerman and Morris Kirschberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-769

Videotape testimony of Simon D., who was born in Vitebsk, Byelorussia in 1892. He recalls moving to Łódź as a child; studying in Moscow; returning to Łódź in 1923; marriage; working as an accountant for the Bund; increasing antisemitism from 1933 onward; German invasion; fleeing to Warsaw, then Białystok (in the Soviet zone) with his son while his wife and daughter remained in Łódź; working as a factory accountant in Orsha; and arranging for his wife and daughter to join them in December 1939. Mr. D. recounts his denunciation and arrest as a Bund member in 1941; interrogation and release; evacuation to Ĭoshkar-Ola after the German invasion of the Soviet Union; working as a commune bookkeeper, accountant and instructor for the commune district office; moving to Proskurov, Ukraine with his family after its liberation in 1944; learning of the extermination of the Jews; moving to Łódź; discovering the murder of his family and the city's Jews; and living six months in a displaced persons camp in Germany. He describes his sense that Germans pretended ignorance of the persecutions and Holocaust; emigration to Mexico in 1947; and to San Antonio, Texas in 1974.

Author/Creator
D., Simon, 1892-
Published
San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1986
Interview Date
July 20, 1986.
Language
Yiddish
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Simon D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-769). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1058035
Record last modified: 2015-03-27 10:03:00
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