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Paul S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1565) interviewed by Sonia Simons and Janice Gordon

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1565

Videotape testimony of Paul S., who was born in Witten, Germany in 1925 of a Jewish father and Christian mother, who converted to Judaism. He recalls participation in Zionist organizations; one brother's emigration to Palestine; being hidden by non-Jewish neighbors on Kristallnacht; his father's imprisonment in Sachsenhausen; living with his non-Jewish aunt in Berlin; attending school in Dortmund; living at Zionist, then labor camps from 1940 onward; his older brother's death in an aborted attempt to reach Palestine; avoiding deportation because he was a "mischling"; deciding to live "underground" in Berlin in late 1944; receiving aid from a Zionist group; hiding with both Jews and non-Jews; escaping the Gestapo in early 1945; hiding on a farm; and liberation during the Soviet capture of Berlin. He recounts learning of his father's death in Terezín; reunion with his mother in Witten; her death; marriage in 1948; unsuccessful efforts to reach Palestine; working in a displaced persons camp in France; and emigration to the United States in 1951. Mr. S. emphasizes the importance of his Zionist training and ideology.

S., Paul, 1925-
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1991
Interview Date
March 11, 1991 and March 18, 1991.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Paul S. Holocaust Testimonies (HVT-1565). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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