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Aaron S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1871) interviewed by Ilana Abramovitch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1871

Videotape testimony of Aaron S., who was born in Dęblin, Poland in 1921. He recalls his family's relative affluence; attending public school and cheder; pervasive antisemitism; German invasion; fleeing with his family to Ryki, then a village; returning to Dęblin; ghettoization; forced labor at the airport; moving into the adjacent work camp with his brother; deportation of two uncles and an aunt (he never saw them again); the arrival of Slovak Jews; arranging for his parents and sister to join him; his father's death from a beating in November 1942; the role of prisoners in running the camp; obtaining extra food; assistance from a German civilian worker; helping his brother avoid execution; transfer with his mother and siblings to Częstochowa; separation from his family; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer in January 1945 to Buchenwald and in March to Colditz; slave labor; a death march in April to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Dęblin; reunion with his mother and siblings; antisemitic violence; moving to Wrocław and living as non-Jews; smuggling themselves to Germany; living in Geiselhöring with assistance from the Joint; emigrating to the United States in 1949; and marriage to a survivor from Dęblin in 1954. Mr. S. notes he counts his “wealth” as his three children and his grandchildren. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Aaron, 1921-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
October 30, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aaron S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1871). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.