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Karl S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3045) interviewed by Jean Gerber

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3045

Videotape testimony of Karl S., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1928. He recalls attending Jewish and public schools; German invasion in September 1939; anti-Jewish regulations and violence; his father being killed in a round-up in November 1939; his mother's job in a hospital; attending clandestine schools; ghettoization; forced labor in a shoe factory; hiding during the children's round-up; deportation with his mother to Auschwitz in summer 1944; assignment to the former Zigeunerlager (Gypsy Lager); transfer to Wüstegiersdorf in November; slave labor digging trenches; escaping a mass shooting by pretending to be dead; finding another survivor (he soon bled to death); escaping; being returned to the camp when a farmer reported him; assignment transporting and burying corpses; liberation by Soviet troops in May; hospitalization; returning to Łódź; learning his mother had been killed; attending school; escaping to Paris in 1948; and emigrating to Canada to join an uncle. Mr. S. discusses his relatives treating him like a son; marriage; establishing a successful business; and sharing his stories with his daughters when they were grown.

S., Karl, 1928-
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
Interview Date
September 14, 1983.
Łódź (Poland)
Paris (France)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Karl S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3045). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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