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Henry S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3380) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Lucille B. Ritvo,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3380

Videotape testimony of Henry S., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1923. He recalls attending private school; summer vacations in the mountains; German invasion; the family's flight to Mielec; returning to Kraków; anti-Jewish measures; their move to Kalwaria; volunteering for a labor camp in his brother's place; escaping in 1940; riding to Kalwaria with a Polish driver; fleeing to the Kraków ghetto in order not to endanger his family; transfer to Płaszów; witnessing brutal killings by Amon Goeth; public executions; a futile attempt to be placed on Oskar Schindler's list; transport to Auschwitz in 1942; slave labor; leaving food for a girl he knew in the medical experimentation barrack; a death march in 1944 to Gross-Rosen; transfer to Dachau; and liberation from cattle cars by United States troops in April 1945. Mr. S. recounts recovering in Seeshaupt, then in Feldafing; working as a translator for Generals George Patton and Dwight Eisenhower (he shows photographs); living in Munich; and emigration to the United States in 1947. He discusses the importance of friendship to his survival; ongoing nightmares; trips to Poland; and sharing his experiences with his children.

S., Henry, 1923-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
July 15, 1996.
Kraków (Poland)
Mielec (Poland)
Kalwaria Zebrzydowska (Poland)
Seeshaupt (Germany)
Munich (Germany)
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3380). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.