Samuel M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4472) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Pam Goodman
- Bronx, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2014
- Interview Date
- November 11, 2014.
- 1 copy: Digital file.
- Cite As
- Samuel M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4472). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Samuel M. who was born in Czernowitz, Romania (presently Chernivt︠s︡I, Ukraine) in 1930, the younger of two children. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; attending a private Jewish school from age six; antisemitic harassment en route to school; beginning violin lessons; Soviet occupation; studying violin at the conservatory; his father not allowing him to be sent to study in Moscow; German invasion in 1941; murders and rapes of Jews; ghettoization; his father refusing when his German friend offering to help them escape and hide them; deportation with his family in cattle cars to Mărculești; placement in homes of previously murdered Jews; a death march with his family to Obodivka, then Verkhovka; placement with many others in small houses; his father's death from typhus; resolving to fight for his life; sneaking to nearby fields at night to obtain food; some peasants giving him food; hearing in 1944 that children were being saved; walking to Balta with his mother and sister; separation from their mother; hiding; liberation by Soviet troops; a cousin, who was a Soviet soldier, visiting them; reunion with their mother in spring 1944; their return to Czernowitz; moving back into their apartment; about a year later, traveling to Lublin then Łódź; antisemitic harrassment; traveling to Prague; leaving after a few days; living in Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; attending high school; his sister's marriage; obtaining a violin and taking lessons; joining his father's brother in New York when he was nineteen; obtaining a scholarship to music school; and his career as a professional violinist. Mr. M. discusses encountering the friend who offered to hide them after the war; regrets that he did not see his father's grave or see his father's German friend again; and writing a book about his experiences.