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Aron S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1936) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1936

Videotape testimony of Aron S., who was born in Kolomyi︠a︡, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1918. He recalls conflict with his Hasidic father over his Zionism; his father's death in 1930; the emigration of three sisters to the United States; antisemitic harassment; joining the Polish army; demobilization in Przemyśl; returning home; Soviet occupation; conscription into the Soviet army in May 1941; German invasion; marching through Chortkiv to Poltava; being wounded; eight months' recovery in a military hospital; working in the Ural mountains; re-mobilization; advancing to Berlin; not believing stories of atrocities against Jews; traveling to Perʹm after the war; deciding to repatriate to Poland; stopping in Brest, Łódź, and Szczecin; being advised to go to Germany; traveling to Schlachtensee displaced persons camp; teaching children there, then in Spandau; moving to Landsberg after the blockade; emigration to the United States in July 1949; marriage; and the births of three children. Mr. S. discusses problems with the children in the displaced persons camps and Jewish emphasis on education rather than revenge after the war.

Author/Creator
S., Aron, 1918-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
November 26, 1991.
Locale
Soviet Union
Kolomyi︠a︡ (Ukraine)
Poland
Przemyśl (Poland)
Chortkiv (Ukraine)
Poltava (Ukraine)
Ural Mountains (Russia)
Berlin (Germany)
Perʹm (Russia)
Brest (Belarus)
Łódź (Poland)
Szczecin (Poland)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aron S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1936). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.