Jerry S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2311) interviewed by Allen M. Siegel
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1992
- Interview Date
- May 31, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jerry S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2311). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Jerry S., who was born in Siedlce, Poland in 1928 and raised in Otwock. He recalls the impoverished Jewish community; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; ghettoization; smuggling himself in and out of the ghetto to obtain food; traveling on trains as a Polish beggar; the deaths of his stepfather and brother; learning of the ghetto's liquidation (he never saw his mother or other brother again); entering the world of black marketeers and beggars, traveling by trains via Warsaw to Siedlce, Garwolin, and many towns and stations; fleeing from the Warsaw uprising of 1944; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. S. recounts reunion with a friend in Otwock; staying with a Polish family in Garwolin, then in a Jewish orphanage in Lublin; leaving the orphanage; moving from Warsaw to a kibbutz in Katowice, then displaced persons camps in Austria and Germany with assistance from Beriḥah; unsuccessful attempts to find relatives; and emigrating to the United States. He discusses struggling as a child to understand why he was different, alone, and hunted; the importance of his family; and a recent trip to Poland. Mr. S. details life on the run and incidents of near discovery and he shows photographs.