Solomon R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2435) interviewed by Susan W. Needle and Mitzi Zerivitz
- Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1992
- Interview Date
- November 8, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Solomon R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2435). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.