Samuel P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2789) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Thessalonikē, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- June 8, 1993.
- 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.
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.