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Stephen D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2287) interviewed by Myra Katz and Estelle Kandel,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2287

Videotape testimony of Stephen D., who was born in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Poland in 1918. He describes comfortable relations with non-Jews; working in the family textile business; joining a Zionist organization; increasing antisemitism beginning in 1936; incarceration in 1938 in Bereza Kartuska, a Polish government camp; fleeing with his brother to Lut︠s︡ʹk, Ukraine after the outbreak of war; a brief return to Poland to marry; his parents and sister joining them in Lut︠s︡ʹk; his father's return to Poland (they never saw him again); German invasion; separation from his mother, sister, and brother; living with his wife under false papers; fleeing with his wife and non-Jewish friends to Russia; three months slave labor with his friend in August 1941; escaping to Penza; working as a driver; volunteering to serve in the Soviet army; his child's birth in Lut︠s︡ʹk; moving with his family to Saratov; learning his mother-in-law had survived; and returning to Tomaszów. Mr. D. relates fleeing from Poland with assistance from Beriḥah; living with his wife and mother-in-law in displaced persons camps for almost four years; learning trades with assistance from UNRRA; emigration to the United States in 1949; and his adjustment to a new life.

D., Stephen, 1918-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1993
Interview Date
May 2, 1993.
Tomaszów Mazowiecki (Poland)
Lut︠s︡ʹk (Ukraine)
Saratov (Russia)
Penza (Russia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Stephen D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2287). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.