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Saul S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1910) interviewed by Ilana Abramovitch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1910

Videotape testimony of Saul S., who was born in Bielitz, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Poland) in 1918. He recalls his family's poverty; celebrating Jewish holidays; active participation in Hanoar Ha'Tsioni; becoming a group leader; his father's death; pervasive antisemitism which increased after Hitler's ascent to power; attending secular school; being unable to attend university because of poverty and Jewish quotas; emigrating alone to the United States in September 1938 under his grandfather's sponsorship (he never saw his mother and sisters again); living with an aunt in Brooklyn; factory and youth group work; sending money and packages to his mother and sisters; attending college with the help of a benefactress; cessation of contact with his family after the outbreak of war; marriage; and working as a social worker and therapist. Mr. S. discusses his guilt feelings over his mother's and sister's deaths in the Holocaust and wondering if they resented his leaving; undergoing therapy; becoming a psychologist; and his professional interest in group dynamics which he attributes to his formative experiences with Zionist groups.

Author/Creator
S., Saul, 1918-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
January 28, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Saul S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1910). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4285023
Record last modified: 2010-07-29 18:43:00
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