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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2874

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.

Author/Creator
A., Samuel, 1916-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
March 8, 1994.
Locale
Poland
Hrymaĭliv (Ukraine)
Kopychynt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
Sumy (Ukraine)
Chełm (Lublin, Poland)
Wrocław (Poland)
Berlin (Germany)
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Gliwice (Poland)
Vienna (Austria)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Samuel A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2874). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.