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Samuel P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2789) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2789

Videotape testimony of Samuel P., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1914. He recounts his father's death when he was an infant; working from age seven; a Jewish philanthropist enabling him to attend a Jewish school; working as a film projectionist; German occupation; being sent to forced labor; escaping; returning to Thessalonikē to be with his family (he could have hidden); learning his mother and two sisters had been deported (they did not survive); his deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; slave labor; surgery to remove one testicle as part of specious medical experiments; recuperating from an infection; better treatment and work assignments from kapos who knew of his surgery; evacuation on January 18, 1945 to Sachsenhausen; a friend killing a guard; burying the body with two Dutch non-Jewish prisoners to conceal the deed, and reporting the guard abandoned them; transfer to Gusen; slave labor in an underground factory; liberation by United States troops on May 5, 1945; hospitalization for three months; transfer to a hospital in Paris; returning to Thessalonikē; marriage in 1962; and his daughter's birth. Mr. P. discusses pervasive painful memories and dedicating his life to working with children.

Author/Creator
P., Samuel, 1914-
Published
Thessalonikē, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
June 8, 1993.
Language
Ladino
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Samuel P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2789). 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/4288790
Record last modified: 2014-12-10 14:06:00
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