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Chaim S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1636) interviewed by Laure Gutman and Anita Auerhan,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1636

Videotape testimony of Chaim S., who was born in Łomża, Poland in 1922. He recalls that his father edited a Yiddish weekly; his youngest brother's death in the German bombing on September 1, 1939; being caught in a round-up; release through the intervention of a non-Jewish family friend; Soviet occupation two weeks later; traveling to Vilna to rejoin his yeshiva; fleeing to Kovno to avoid deportation to Siberia; returning to Vilna on June 22, 1941, the beginning of the German invasion of the Soviet Union; boarding a train with Soviet officers' dependents; a brief arrest in Smolensk as a spy; working on a collective farm near Kuībyshev (now Samara); and being drafted. Mr. S. recounts traveling to Guzar to join the Polish army; his rejection due to antisemitism; working in Kzyl-Orda; becoming a Soviet citizen; and being arrested.

S., Chaim, 1922-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
April 1, 1990.
Łomża (Poland)
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Smolensk (Russia)
Guzar (Uzbekistan)
Qyzylorda (Kazakhstan)
Vilnius (Lithuania)
Samara (Russia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Chaim S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1636). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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