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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2646

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    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Germany
    France
    Paris (France)
    Cite As
    Samuel A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2646). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Zarka, Josette, interviewer.
    Zumstein, Colette, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    Language
    French
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 55 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Child survivors.
    Postwar effects.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288480
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:23:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4288480

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