Sam A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1435) interviewed by Steven Schulz and Zelda Kaplan
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1988
- Interview Date
- March 24, 1988.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sam A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1435). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sam A., who was born in 1921 and served with the United States Army 21st Armored Infantry Battalion in World War II. He recounts approaching Mauthausen concentration camp on May 5, 1941, after German troops had left; the pervasive odor; gas chambers; pits filled with naked bodies; ovens with rollers to deliver bodies in an assembly line; and emaciated, dazed inmates. Mr. A. recalls three months of rotating guard duty at the camp while billeted in Linz; gradual improvement in the inmates' condition after treatment by military medical units; and realizing later that the majority of inmates were Jewish. He reads from a letter he wrote his future wife about his experience.