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Sam H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-658)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-658

Videotape testimony of Sam H., who was born in Dęblin, Poland in 1935. He describes his happy childhood in an orthodox family; German invasion; his father being beaten and humiliated by Nazis; ghettoization; hiding to avoid deportation; being smuggled into Dęblin concentration camp by his sister; liquidation of the ghetto as Soviet troops approached; deportation to Częstochowa; witnessing a mass shooting of other children; prisoners cherishing him as one of the few surviving children; being helped and fed by his sister, brother-in-law, and another prisoner; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Dęblin; leaving after learning Jews were being killed; and living in an orphanage in Lublin. Mr. H. recalls adoption by an American family; his younger sister's adoption by another; trying to be like other children, although he felt ninety years old; reluctance to speak about his experience; recently overcoming his sense of shame concerning his past; and discussing his experiences with his sister and daughter. He notes stories and songs he wrote.

H., Sam, 1935-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
February 2, 1986.
Dęblin (Warsaw, Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sam H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-658). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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