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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.

H., Salek, 1919-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
December 15, 1992.
Łódź (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Hannover (Germany)
Hamburg (Germany)
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.