Roman S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2028) interviewed by Michael Alpert and Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- July 10, 1990.
- 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.
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.