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Louis S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2758) interviewed by Harriet Passerman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2758

Videotape testimony of Louis S., who was born in Grodisk Mazowiecki, Poland in 1927, one of three children. He recounts attending school; anti-Jewish boycotts; attending soccer games in Warsaw with his father; German invasion; fleeing to Warsaw; bombings; returning home; his father's arrest and imprisonment for six weeks; his bar mitzvah; deportation to the Warsaw ghetto; his father arranging their departure; traveling to Zamość, Hrubieszów, Kock, and Lubartów; his father fleeing back to Warsaw; he and a sister joining him (they never saw their mother or other sister again); living with his father outside the ghetto; the Warsaw ghetto uprising; his father's deportation; escaping; assistance from Polish acquaintances; separation from his sister; the Polish uprising; capture; transfer to Pruszków, then Sachsenhausen as a non-Jew; public hangings; slave labor as a shoemaker, then in a munitions factory; Allied bombings; a death march; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; reunion with his sister; his father's return; their emigration to the United States in 1948, with assistance from HIAS; marriage; and the births of three children. Mr. S. discusses the loss of many relatives during the Holocaust, and his sons' lack of interest in his experiences until later in life. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Louis, 1927-
Published
Auburn, Me. : Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine, 1994
Interview Date
October 5, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Louis S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2758). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.