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Morris S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-589)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-589

Videotape testimony of Morris S., who was born in Cze̜stochowa, Poland, in 1921. He recalls growing up in a middle-class family of seven children; his father's bakery business; German invasion; killings of Jews; creation of the Judenrat; ghettoization; leaving the ghetto for forced labor; a friend's death in a mass killing; liquidation of the ghetto; forced labor with two sisters and one brother in Rachów; transfer to Buchenwald, then a camp near Dresden; a death march; escaping with his brother; separating from him to avoid being caught (he never saw him again); posing as a non-Jew to join Polish forced laborers; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr S. recounts traveling to Dresden; returning to Cze̜stochowa; reunion with two sisters; leaving for Germany after hearing about the Kielce pogrom; living in the Landsberg displaced persons camp; marriage to an Auschwitz survivor; the birth of their child; and their emigration to the United States. He expresses his great appreciation for the United States and notes his participation in survivor groups.

S., Morris, 1921-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1984
Interview Date
November 11, 1984.
Częstochowa (Poland)
Dresden (Germany)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Morris S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-589). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.