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Solomon H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2883) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2883

Videotape testimony of Solomon H., who was born in Wieluń, Poland in 1913. He recounts the deaths of his father and brother; a sister and brother emigrating to France; marriage in 1938; German invasion; fleeing; being shot; transfer to Tomaszów Mazowiecki, then Łódź; reunion with his wife; returning home; ghettoization; having his wife smuggled to the Częstochowa ghetto when she became pregnant (their son did not survive long); escaping to join her during the ghetto's liquidation; assignment to HASAG-Pelzery; a privileged position as a foreman; arrival of Jews from Łódź; communicating with his sister in Łódź to volunteer for the next group (she did and was sent to a death camp); remediating a factory production problem; escaping with his wife in January 1945; hiding with a Polish woman; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Wieluń; establishing a business under the Soviets using false papers as a non-Jew; escaping when his arrest was imminent; living in Munich and Bad Wörishofen; his daughter's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1951. Mr. H. discusses testifying at the Frankfurt war crime trials; refusing to testify against the German who had saved him and his wife; and blaming himself for his sister's death.

Author/Creator
H., Solomon, 1913-
Published
Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1991
Interview Date
March 26, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Solomon H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2883). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.