Salomon W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1401) interviewed by Raphael Rozner and M. Viyal
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
- Interview Date
- June 22, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Salomon W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1401). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Salomon W., who was born in Pułtusk, Poland in 1930. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; the deaths of younger siblings; German invasion; fleeing to Warsaw with his family; trying to return to Pułtusk; learning en route that all Jews had been expelled to the Soviet zone; staying with a cousin in Ciechanów; German book burnings; smuggling themselves to Białystok in the Soviet zone; attending Yiddish school; deportation to a refugee camp near Arkhangelʹsk; attending school while his parents worked; moving briefly to Novosibirsk in mid-1941; living in Shymkent and Lenger, Kazakhstan; a Yiddish theater performance; his mother's hospitalization for typhus; maintaining Jewish life; daily tutoring in Torah studies; his bar mitzvah in 1943; traveling to Łódź in 1946; graffiti written on train station walls by deported Jews pleading for remembrance and revenge; antisemitic violence; searching for surviving family members; fleeing to a displaced persons camp in Bavaria; and joining an uncle in Strasbourg in 1947. Mr. W. notes his survival was due to circumstances, not design, and his pride at seeing Jewish soldiers during his first visit to Israel in 1960.