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Simon M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1950) interviewed by Larry Steinfeld and Flora Waxberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1950

Videotape testimony of Simon M., who was born in Ziegenhals, Germany (now Głuchołazy, Poland) in 1905. He recalls his impoverished childhood in a large family; his father's military service in World War I; completing eight grade; working as a peddler; marriage in 1928; his first son's birth in 1930; living in Breslau when Hitler came to power; serving as a liaison to the Gestapo; helping Jews emigrate; Kristallnacht; arrest and deportation to Buchenwald; release with assistance from an SS officer; receiving help from Jews in Leipzig; returning to Breslau; traveling to Shanghai via Italy in 1939; reunion with his younger brother; working as a peddler, then a wholesaler; forging papers so his wife and three children could join him in 1940; ghettoization; liberation by United States troops in 1945; and emigration with his family to the United States in 1947. Mr. M. discusses the importance of luck to his survival. He notes the deaths of family members in concentration camps and shows photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Simon, 1905-
Published
Houston, Tex. : Holocaust Education Center and Memorial Museum of Houston, 1991
Interview Date
November 24, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Simon M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1950). 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/4285374
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