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Samuel A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2646) interviewed by Josette Zarka and Colette Zumstein

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2646

Videotape testimony of Samuel A., who was born in Paris, France in 1925 to a family of seven children. He recalls close relations with neighbors in a building housing only Jews; German invasion; arrest with his family on September 23, 1942; their incarceration in Drancy; separation from his family, when he and one brother were removed from a deportation train (he never saw them again); slave labor constructing roads in Cosel; their transfer to Blechhammer; assistance from Lageraltester Karl Demerer; hospitalization which resulted in transfer to another camp; recovering from typhus with assistance from a Polish doctor; transfer to other camps, then Birkenau; a privileged assignment to the "Scheisskommando"; transfer to Buchenwald; non-Jewish prisoners sharing Red Cross packages; sabotaging work at an airplane factory; escaping with a friend from a death march in April 1945; hiding with assistance from French POWs; and liberation by African-American troops. Mr. A. recounts a hostile reception upon returning to Paris; recovering from tuberculosis; difficulty recovering his family's apartment; and reunion with a sister. He discusses the atmosphere of the building in which his family lived; the importance of friendship to his survival; relations between prisoner groups; and continuing nightmares. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
A., Samuel, 1925-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
March 11, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Samuel A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2646). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288480
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