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Maurice S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-551)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-551

Videotape testimony of Maurice S., who was born in Radom, Poland in 1919 and raised in Szydłowiec. He recounts his father's kosher butcher shop; German invasion; the Judenrat supplying forced laborers; escaping with friends from a labor camp in 1940; escaping from the Radom ghetto in 1941 using Polish papers; separation from his parents during the ghetto's liquidation in 1942; forced labor with his brothers sorting ghetto rubble and digging graves; hiding in the woods with his brothers with assistance from a Polish farmer; smuggling themselves into Wolanów with assistance from a Polish acquaintance; mass killings, including one brother; transfer to Bliżyn in 1943; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in June 1944; working in a coal mine; the death march to Gleiwitz on January 18, 1945; transfer to Dernau from a train that was bombed; and liberation by Soviet troops on May 8, 1945. Mr. S. recalls hospital recuperation; returning to Poland; marriage in a displaced persons camp in Germany; assistance from UNRRA; the birth of his two children; and emigration to the United States in 1951.

S., Maurice, 1919-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1983
Interview Date
October 2, 1983.
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maurice S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-551). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.