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David S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-834) interviewed by Larry Schoenfeld and Phyllis Braverman,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-834

Videotape testimony of David S., who was born in Zawiercie, Poland in 1914, the youngest of seven children. He recalls his family's affluence; draft into the Polish military; capture by Germans in Tarnowskie Góry; incarceration in Stalag VIII A Görlitz for six months; returning home; ghettoization; deportation with his family to Auschwitz/Birkenau with his family (he never saw any of them again); transfer to Lagisza; return to Auschwitz; hospitalization; working in the Union Kommando; the death march to Gross-Rosen; escaping from a train transport in Sudetenland; stealing civilian clothes; a woman recognizing him as a Jew and assisting him to look better; posing as a Polish forced laborer; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Zawiercie, seeking relatives but not finding anyone; traveling to Sosnowiec, Prague, then Munich; marriage; his son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mr. S. notes that, when he thinks about his experiences, he has difficulty believing they happened.

Author/Creator
S., David, 1914-
Published
San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1987
Interview Date
January 18, 1987.
Locale
Poland
Germany
Zawiercie
Zawiercie (Poland)
Tarnowskie Góry (Poland)
Sudetenland (Czech Republic)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Munich (Germany)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-834). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.