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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.
Locale
Poland
Maków Mazowiecki
Germany
Pułtusk (Poland)
Maków Mazowiecki (Poland)
Ciechanów (Poland)
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.