Maurice S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-551)
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1983
- Interview Date
- October 2, 1983.
- 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.
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.