Sam S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2605) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- May 12, 1993.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sam S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2605). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sam S., who was born in Sokołów Podlaski, Poland in 1920, one of eleven children. He recalls his parents' butcher shop; attending cheder and Polish school; belonging to Betar; antisemitic harassment; German invasion in 1939, followed by a two-week Soviet occupation; leaving with the Soviets; traveling with a brother and sister to Maladzechna; German invasion in 1941; fleeing to Ivi︠a︡nets; a mass killing; the round-up of his brother's wife and children (he never saw them again); forced labor; transfer to Dvorets; slave labor; finding weapons abandoned by the Soviets; organizing an escape with his brother and others; joining Soviet partisans in the Naliboki forest; many battles with Germans; coordinated attacks with other partisan units; entering Soviet-controlled territory; separation from his brother; arrest as a German spy; escape; enlisting in the Soviet army; training in Cheli︠a︡binsk; hospitalization after being wounded; joining a Polish military unit in 1944; returning home; finding his sister's children (they had been hidden by a non-Jew); bringing them to Łódź, then Germany; living in Fürth and Neufreimann displaced persons camps; contact with his brother; marriage; emigration to the United States in 1947; and his brother's emigration to Israel in 1948. Mr. S. discusses sharing less violent aspects of his experiences with his children. He shows photographs.