Sam H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-658)
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
- Interview Date
- February 2, 1986.
- 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.
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.