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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.
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.