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

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    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Soviet Union
    Łódź (Poland)
    Vitsebsk (Belarus)
    Moscow (Russia)
    Białystok (Poland)
    Orsha (Belarus)
    Proskuriv (Ukraine)
    Ĭoshkar-Ola (Russia)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Mexico
    Cite As
    Simon D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-769). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Brauerman, Phyllis, interviewer.
    Kirschberg, Morris, interviewer.
    Notes
    Associated material: Hanna P. Holocaust testimony [daughter] (HVT-771), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    This testimony is in Yiddish.
    Related publication: My war years, 1939-1945 / Simon Dawidson ; translated by Marie Morgens. -- San Antonio, Texas : University of Texas at San Antonio, 1981.

    Physical Details

    Language
    Yiddish
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 27 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Postwar experiences.
    Soviet occupation.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1058035
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:46:00
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