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Sol P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2273) interviewed by Samuel Kenner

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2273

Videotape testimony of Sol P., who was born in Pułtusk, Poland in 1924, the oldest of five children. He recalls German invasion; working on a Polish farm until summer 1941; transfer to the Makow Mazowiecki ghetto; replacing his father for forced labor in December; returning home; his father's death from typhus; transfer to Ciechanów in May 1942; his family's deportation from Makow; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; help from a Jewish woman after he was beaten; transfer to Buna/Monowitz; improved conditions; return to Birkenau when he had typhus; wanting to commit suicide, but not doing so after he dreamed of his father; public hangings; selection for masonry training; working in the Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager) and Canada Kommando (this saved his life); the Sonderkommando uprising; the death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; transport to Sachsenhausen, Flossenbürg, Offenbach, and Donaueschingen; a Polish prisoner registering him and others as Poles; a privileged assignment to the kitchen; train evacuation in April; escaping with two others; liberation by French troops; and living in Landsberg displaced persons camp, then nearby. Mr. P. discusses the emotional devastation of realizing his losses after liberation (none of his family survived); testifying at German war crime trials; pervasive, painful memories; and the importance of intervention in present and/or future genocides.

Author/Creator
P., Sol, 1924-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1992
Interview Date
April 23, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sol P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2273). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.