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Sam K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2923) interviewed by Pam Goodman and Gabriele Schiff,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2923

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    Videotape testimony of Sam K., who was born in Chrzanów, Poland in 1915. He describes his Hasidic family; his father's death in 1924; his hardware store; German invasion in 1941; anti-Jewish measures; his brother's murder in a mass shooting; avoiding deportations in 1941 and 1942; factory work; illegal prayer groups in their house; separation from his mother during the final deportation in February 1943; traveling to Sosnowiec as a non-Jew; hiding with his sister's family; ghettoization in the Srodula section; escaping during the ghetto's liquidation in August 1943; hiding, with assistance from a Polish woman, in a bunker with his niece and her aunt; using false papers to travel to Otmuchów as a Polish forced laborer; working at an ammunition factory with a variety of POWs; arrest; imprisonment in Nysa; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; transfer to Niederorschel in August 1944; a prisoner baking matzah for them during Pesach; escaping on April 1, 1945; hiding with assistance from a German supervisor; liberation by United States troops on April 11; returning to Chrzanów; living in Zeilsheim displaced persons camp; and emigrating to the United States in 1947. Mr. K. notes sharing his experiences with his daughters. He shows photographs.
    K., Sam, 1915-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
    Interview Date
    March 15, 1994.
    Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
    Chrzanów (Poland)
    Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
    Otmuchów (Poland)
    Nysa (Poland)
    Cite As
    Sam K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2923). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Schiff, Gabriele, interviewer.
    Associated material: Rose S. Holocaust testimony [niece] (HVT-2694), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Associated material: Sara W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2955), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 49 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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