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Allen S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2889) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2889

Videotape testimony of Allen S., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1908. He recalls fleeing to Russia during World War I; attending school in Russia and Poland; completing engineering school in Warsaw in 1935; his father's death; working in Czechoslovakia; returning home two days before the war; traveling with his mother and brother to Pruz︠h︡any, her hometown, in the Soviet zone; running a Jewish school under the Soviets; German invasion; his brother fleeing (he never saw him again); ghettoization; working outside the ghetto; obtaining food from his boss; marriage; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in early 1943; separation from his family (he never saw them again); assignment to a privileged position; a prisoner doctor expelling him from the infirmary immediately before its liquidation (he saved his life); higher morale after prisoners blew up a crematorium; transfer to several camps, including Meldorf; being shot during a train deportation; abandonment by the guards; liberation by the Red Cross; hospitalization; living in Feldafing displaced persons camp; organizing a school in Munich; emigration to Israel; remarriage; and emigration to the United States. He discusses the antisemitism of Polish prisoners in Auschwitz and training himself not to think about the war years.

S., Allen, 1908-
Brookline, Mass. : Brookline Holocaust Memorial Committee, 1994
Interview Date
November 18, 1994.
Łódź (Poland)
Warsaw (Poland)
Pruz︠h︡any (Belarus)
Munich (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Allen S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2889). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.