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Sam S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2464) interviewed by Warren Robinson

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2464

Videotape testimony of Sam S. He recalls German invasion of Be̜dzin; forced labor; his sister's escape to the Soviet zone (he never saw her again); being sent to a labor camp in March 1942 (he never saw his parents again); transfer to Blechhammer a year later; being tattooed; Allied bombing raids; a death march in January 1945; briefly staying in Gross-Rosen; train transport to Buchenwald, then to Zweiberge; a death march in April; an SS guard who helped him obtain extra food; sharing it with fellow prisoners; being left behind after telling an SS officer he was German; liberation by United States troops; the company commander inviting him to stay with the unit in Bischofsheim; visiting nearby Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; reunion with his brothers; living in Zeilsheim until 1949; assistance from the Joint; emigration to the United States; draft into the military in 1951; serving as a German interpreter in Frankfurt; and marriage to an American after his discharge. Mr. S. discusses many incidents in the camps; his emotional scars including sleepless nights; dismay at present genocides; and his own inability to explain how he "lived on what I call nothing, just to survive."

Author/Creator
S., Sam.
Published
Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
Interview Date
June 3, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sam S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2464). 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/4287544
Record last modified: 2014-05-16 14:52:00
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