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Harold S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3046) interviewed by Sandy Hayden

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3046

Videotape testimony of Harold S., who was born in Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski, Poland in 1925. He recalls antisemitic harassment in school; German invasion in 1939; anti-Jewish regulations; public hangings; forced labor; deportations, including his mother, grandmother, and younger brother; ghettoization in 1940; his father's deportation; the ghetto's conversion to a concentration camp; his brother's injury; their deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in 1944; transfer to Buna/Monowitz; slave labor for I. G. Farben; helping his brother when he was injured; public hangings of escapees; the death march; his brother being shot in front of him; arrival at Flossenbürg; liberation from a train transport by French troops; several months' hospitalization; living in Frankfurt for two years; and emigration to Canada in 1948 to join relatives. Mr. S. notes the strangeness of hearing the orchestra in Auschwitz, and not discussing at length his experiences with his son, although he knows what happened.

Author/Creator
S., Harold, 1925-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1983
Interview Date
September 21, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Harold S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3046). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.