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Solomon R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2435) interviewed by Susan W. Needle and Mitzi Zerivitz,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2435

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    Videotape testimony of Solomon R., who was born in Komarov, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1920. He recalls moving to Łódź when he was seven; working from age twelve onward; German invasion; attempting to reach Warsaw; capture by Germans; train transport to Germany, then back to Poland two weeks later; forced labor in Kraków; being released; returning to Łódź; ghettoization; frequent shootings; difficulty obtaining food; volunteering for forced labor in Germany so his family would receive compensation; working in Frankfurt an-der-Oder from December 1940 onward; transfer to a factory near Berlin; the factory foreman's efforts to obtain more food for the workers; transport to Birkenau, Auschwitz, then the I.G. Farben factory in Monowitz; participating in boxing matches with other prisoners, which saved his life and allowed him to help other prisoners; weekly selections from which he saved two boys (he met one in the United States); the death march in January 1945 to Gleiwitz; hiding to escape further deportation; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. R. describes returning to Łódź; fleeing to Germany; living in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; marriage in Feldafing; and emigration to the United States in 1949.
    R., Solomon, 1920-
    Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1992
    Interview Date
    November 8, 1992.
    Łódź (Poland)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Frankfurt an der Oder (Germany)
    Gleiwitz (Poland : Concentration camp)
    Komarov (Ukraine)
    Cite As
    Solomon R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2435). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Needle, Susan W., interviewer.
    Zerivitz, Mitzi, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 54 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

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