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Simcha S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1407) interviewed by Abraham Huberman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1407

Videotape testimony of Simcha S., who was born in Puławy, Poland in 1914. He recalls working in Warsaw; antisemitism stimulated by Nazi propaganda; participation in the Polish Socialist party and Worker's Theater; German invasion; fleeing to Soviet occupied Poland; working in Lv́ov, then in a coal mine; becoming a Soviet citizen; being drafted and wounded after the German invasion; demobilization; and moving to Tashkent. Mr. S. recounts learning one brother had been killed by Ukrainians; enlisting in Anders' Polish army which went to Palestine, then Italy; enlisting in Britain's Jewish Brigade; their movement from Italy to Holland; organizing a group trip to Poland to seek surviving family; encountering antisemitism in his hometown; learning none of his family were alive; moving to London; writing for a daily Yiddish paper; emigration to Argentina in 1947; continuing to work for the same paper; marriage; and beginning to write in Spanish. He discusses his belief in the importance of Yiddish and Spanish literature culminating in publication of Raíces, which integrates both; strong memories of all his family members who perished, his Red Army, and Jewish Brigade comrades; and hopes that his children will not know war.

Author/Creator
S., Simcha, 1914-
Published
Buenos Aires, Argentina : Fundacion "Memoria del Holocausto", 1990
Interview Date
October 23, 1990.
Language
Spanish
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Simcha S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1407). 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/1091651
Record last modified: 2015-03-27 10:12:00
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