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Siegfried H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-411) interviewed by Elaine Perlsweig and Ian Russ

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-411

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".

Author/Creator
H., Siegfried, 1909-2008.
Published
Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
Interview Date
March 5, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1098949
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:12:00
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