Simon R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-987) interviewed by Susanna Neuman and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin
- New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
- Interview Date
- May 14, 1988.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Simon R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-987). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Simon R., who was born in Ozorków, Poland in 1916 to an orthodox family of six children. He recalls his family moving between Ozorków and Łowicz; working from age ten; disbelief that anything bad would occur; opening a store near Ozorków in 1939; German invasion; fleeing to Ozorków; learning the Gestapo was looking for him; hiding in a village; returning to Ozorków; and three months in jail in Łęczyca. Mr. R. tells of his return to Ozorków; his brother's arrest; ghettoization; forced labor; the community saving a boy from public hanging for not wearing the yellow star; classifying of all Jews; killing of the children and old women; transfer to the Łódź ghetto; his privileged job as a fireman; liquidation of the ghetto; transfer to Auschwitz; losing his youngest brother in Birkenau; transfer to a labor camp; escape from a death march; help from German deserters; hiding in Plzeň; help from the Czechs; attempting to reach Palestine after liberation; arriving in Egypt instead; help from the Jewish community; and establishing a business in Egypt. Mr. R. reflects on his constant feeling of danger, and profound sadness as a result of his war experiences.