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Roman S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2028) interviewed by Michael Alpert and Toby Blum-Dobkin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2028

Videotape testimony of Roman S., who was born in Zgierz, Poland in 1922, one of six children. He recalls participating in sports events sponsored by Maccabi; a strong sense of Jewish community; German invasion; forced transfer to the Łódź ghetto in early 1940; deportation to Schwiebus in December; forced labor doing highway construction; transfer to Grunow-Spiegelberge, Fuerstenberg, then Auschwitz in May 1943; his assignment to undress corpses; transfer to I. G. Farben at Buna/Monowitz; assistance from British POWs; transfer to a Farben factory near Kraków; the death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; brief stays in Mauthausen and Buchenwald; transfer to Bergen-Belsen in February; digging mass graves; being shot by the Kommandant, Josef Kramer; medical assistance from a German doctor; and liberation by British troops. Mr. S. discusses recovering in Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; testifying against Kramer and in favor of the physician who helped him at a trial in Lüneburg; meeting General Bernard Montgomery; marriage in 1946; speaking to Marlene Dietrich concerning his wish to emigrate; and emigration with his wife and daughter to the United States in 1949.

Author/Creator
S., Roman, 1922-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
July 10, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Roman S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2028). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.