Siegfried H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-411) interviewed by Elaine Perlsweig and Ian Russ
- Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
- Interview Date
- March 5, 1983.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Siegfried H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-411). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Siegfried H., who was born in Zdzieci, Poland in 1909. He recalls the family move to Tarnowskie Gory in 1914; attending German school; learning Polish after the area became Poland in 1922; forming a Zionist group; apprenticeship with a pharmaceutical company; attending Polish military officer's school; antisemitic incidents; participating in the Zionist group Akiba; German invasion; rejoining the Polish army; returing to Tarnowskie Gory during the retreat; traveling to Berlin for the Zionist movement; returning home; arrest with a friend while fleeing to Yugoslavia in October 1939; deportation to Sachsenhausen; working as a carpenter; slave labor moving rocks in Gross-Rosen in 1941; transfer to Auschwitz, then Buna/Monowitz in January 1942; working in the Auschwitz hospital; receiving medicine from a German soldier; efforts to save prisoner lives; helping his family in the Będzin ghetto in 1943; transfer to another camp where he worked in the hospital, then to Nordhausen; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. H. describes the organization of the camps; observing Yom Kippur in camp; working for the Americans on the Nuremberg trials; and deciding not to kill German war criminals so he would not be "like them".