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Salek H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2523) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2523

Videotape testimony of Salek H., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1919. He recalls his tightly-knit, observant, Jewish neighborhood; working in a factory; German invasion; fleeing to Łódź with his family; joining the Polish army; serving in an anti-aircraft battery; bringing an injured soldier to Warsaw; the siege of Warsaw; incarceration in a German POW camp; escape; joining his family in Łódź; ghettoization; working as a streetcar driver; smuggling rotting food by mixing it with coal; driving Polish civilians to work in the ghetto; frequent deportations and arrivals of Jews from other areas; transporting Jews to the railroad for deportation; his father's death; his own deportation on the last transport to Auschwitz; separation from his mother and sister (he never saw them again); transfer to factories in Hannover; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; traveling to Sweden via Buchenwald and Hamburg; and emigration to the United States. Mr. H. discusses the Judenrat and Jewish police in the Łódź ghetto and his fear that people someday will not believe "it" happened.

Author/Creator
H., Salek, 1919-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
December 15, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Salek H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2523). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.