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Sol S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1653) interviewed by Norman Demick and Roshie Bush

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1653

Videotape testimony of Sol S., who was born in Rokiskis, Lithuania in 1927 and raised in Kaunas. Mr. S. recalls antisemitism as a child; Soviet occupation; German invasion; Lithuanian collaboration; ghettoization; starvation, selections and mass shootings; forced labor at Aleksotas, Kaunas and Marijampolė; deportation in 1944 with his father and brother to Kaufering (his mother and sister were removed from the train near Danzig); aid received from a German foreman; the importance of his father to his survival; and liberation by American troops. He describes finding his brother; returning to Kaunas and seeking their mother; his brother's conscription into the Soviet army; traveling to Łódź with his father; learning his mother had survived; fleeing to Berlin, then Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; his own marriage; and emigration with his wife and father to the United States in 1949. Mr. S. tells of his father's remarriage; learning in 1959 of his brother's and mother's survival (they were serving ten year sentences in Siberia); visiting them in the Soviet Union; annulment of his father's second marriage; and his mother's emigration to the United States in 1967 and his brother's to Israel in 1990. He notes these events never leave his mind.

S., Sol, 1927-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1991
Interview Date
March 10, 1991.
Marijampolė (Lithuania)
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Rokiškis (Lithuania)
Berlin (Germany)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sol S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1653). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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