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Samuel R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2670) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Régine Waintrater

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2670

Videotape testimony of Samuel R., who was born in Koszyce, Poland in 1923. He describes moving to Paris in 1923; collecting money for Spanish children in 1936; joining the Communist Party; learning about Nazism from German and Austrian refugees in 1937 and 1938; the outbreak of war in September 1939; evacuation to Pau in June 1940; joining the Resistance after returning to Paris on July 14, 1940; his father's death on September 2, 1940; and participating in student demonstrations in 1940 and 1941. Mr. R. recalls his arrest in August 1941; release from Drancy in November; hiding with the aid of false papers; joining MOI (a French partisan group); arrest with his mother and youngest brother in Neuilly-sur-Marne in March 1943; interrogations in Paris and Puteaux; solitary confinement in Fresnes prison; deportation to Birkenau; organizing resistance in Jawischowitz in June 1943 with Henri Krasucki; joining the international resistance group with Roger Trugnan in the Buna/Monowitz hospital in January 1944; observing medical experiments; hiding during evacuation from Gleiwitz in January 1945; arrest by a Hitler Youth during an escape attempt; and liberation by Soviet troops in Nowy Dwór. He discusses persecution of Jews in France; the role of UGIF; and his family involvement in French Resistance.

Author/Creator
R., Samuel, 1923-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
March 10, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Samuel R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2670). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1097620
Record last modified: 2013-11-25 16:13:00
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