Nathan S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1887) interviewed by Jaschael Pery
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- February 14, 1991.
- 2 copies: and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Nathan S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1887). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Nathan S., who was born in Li︠u︡bomlʹ, Poland in 1929. He recalls vibrant Jewish life; attending Polish and Jewish schools; antisemitic harassment; German invasion in 1939; looting and killing of Jews by Ukrainians and Poles; Soviet occupation; German invasion in June 1941; mass murder of Jews by Ukrainian policemen; ghettoization; his father and brothers' privileged positions as skilled workers; constructing hiding places; escaping with his family to the countryside; hiding on a Polish farm; his father's and sister's arrest (he never saw them again); hiding with his mother and brothers; their capture by Poles; his escape; witnessing the execution of his mother, brothers, and others; hiding in fifty-four places; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Li︠u︡bomlʹ; denouncing collaborators to Soviet authorities; traveling to Berlin; being chosen with other orphans for illegal emigration to Palestine; embarking by ship from Marseille; confrontations with the British; landing in Palestine; military exemption due to poor health; and moving to the United States in 1952. Mr. S. discusses recording his experience in a notebook during the war; his instinctive will to survive; the importance of learning about the Holocaust; and sharing his story with his children. He shows photographs.