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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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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    K., Sam, 1915-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
    Interview Date
    March 15, 1994.
    Locale
    Poland
    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.
    Notes
    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

    Language
    English
    Copies
    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.
    Hiding.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Mutual aid.
    Bunkers.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4289277
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:47:00
    This page:
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