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Samuel A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2874) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2874

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    Videotape testimony of Samuel A., who was born in Grimaylov, Poland (now Ukraine) in 1916. He recalls attending public school; participating in Betar; working in the family restaurant; being drafted into the Polish military in 1939; German invasion; being captured; separation of the Jewish POWs; escaping with help from a Pole; returning home; Soviet occupation; German invasion in 1941; establishment of the Judenrat; hiding to avoid becoming a member of the Jewish police; agricultural work at a labor camp; release of all the prisoners by the camp commander; hiding with his brother in Kopychynt︠s︡i; round-up of all Jews; being assigned to dig mass graves; escaping during the shooting; hiding with his brother; liberation by Soviet troops; joining the Polish army; training in Sumy and Chełm; campaigns from Wrocław to Berlin then back to Radom; meeting his future wife in Gliwice; learning most of his family had been killed; living in Vienna and in displaced persons camps in Wegscheid, Ulm, and Föhrenwald; and emigrating to the United States in 1951. Mr. A. notes many non-Jews who helped him survive and he shows photographs.
    A., Samuel, 1916-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
    Interview Date
    March 8, 1994.
    Hrymaĭliv (Ukraine)
    Kopychynt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
    Sumy (Ukraine)
    Chełm (Lublin, Poland)
    Wrocław (Poland)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
    Gliwice (Poland)
    Vienna (Austria)
    Cite As
    Samuel A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2874). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Joni-Sue Blinderman, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 8 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Soviet occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.

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