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Saul T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2637) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2637

Videotape testimony of Saul T., who was born in Huklivo, Czechoslovakia (now Guklivyy, Ukraine) in 1925, one of eight children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; attending a Jewish school; absence of antisemitism; Hungarian occupation; awareness that Jews were being killed in Poland; his family's forced labor conscription in Transnistria in 1941 because they were not Hungarian citizens; their return to Guklivyy in 1944; transfer to a brick factory in April; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from his family (he never saw his parents and eldest sister again); receiving food from a kapo; transfer to Lagisza Cmentarna; slave labor, starvation, beatings, and barely escaping selection; transfer to Birkenau; executions of Soviet POWs; transfer to Buna/Monowitz; working in a munitions factory; hospitalization for an injury; sharing food with prisoners from his hometown; the death march to Dora in January 1945; liberation by United States troops; traveling to Budapest; reunion with four sisters; living for four years in Föhrenwald displaced persons camp; marriage; and emigration to the United States. Mr. T. discusses his reluctance to recount his experiences to his children and grandchildren and to return to Europe, and his sense that he isolated himself from others in order to survive. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
T., Saul, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
September 7, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Saul T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2637). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.