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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.

A., Samuel, 1916-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
March 8, 1994.
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.