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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-411

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    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".
    H., Siegfried, 1909-2008.
    Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
    Interview Date
    March 5, 1983.
    Zdzieci (Poland)
    Tarnowskie Góry (Poland)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Cite As
    Siegfried H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-411). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Perlsweig, Elaine, interviewer.
    Russ, Ian, interviewer.
    Related publication: Before--during--after / Siegfried Halbreich. -- 1st ed. -- New York : Vantage Press, c1991.
    Related publication: The number on my grandfather's arm / Adler, David A.; Eichenbaum, Rose, (Illustrator - ill.). -- 1st ed. -- New York, N.Y. : UAHC Press, c1987.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 32 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Zionist organizations.
    Youth movements.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

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