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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1407

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    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.
    S., Simcha, 1914-
    Buenos Aires, Argentina : Fundacion "Memoria del Holocausto", 1990
    Interview Date
    October 23, 1990.
    Puławy (Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    L'viv (Ukraine)
    Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
    London (England)
    Cite As
    Simcha S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1407). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Huberman, Abraham, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Spanish.
    Related publication: Raíces : judaísmo contemporáneo. -- Quarterly. -- Buenos Aires, Argentina : A.M.I.A, c1991-

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 47 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Soviet occupation.
    Antisemitism Postwar.

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