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Sam S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2605) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2605

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.

S., Sam, 1920-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
May 12, 1993.
Sokołów Podlaski (Poland)
Maladzechna (Belarus)
Ivi︠a︡nets (Belarus)
Naliboki Forest (Belarus)
Cheli︠a︡binsk (Russia)
Łódź (Poland)
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.