Fay S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-263) interviewed by Doris Simon
- Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1982
- Interview Date
- June 23, 1982.
- 4 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Fay S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-263). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Fay S., who was born in Zwoleń, Poland in 1919, the oldest of five children. She recalls her family's affluence; antisemitic violence; marriage in 1937; moving to Radom; her son's birth; German invasion; moving to Zwoleń to avoid bombings; staying with a non-Jewish farmer; returning to Radom; ghettoization; living outside the ghetto due to her husband's job; rumors that children and women were to be relocated; paying a non-Jew to take her son; visiting him frequently; slave labor in a munitions factory; learning her mother had brought her son to Zwoleń (she never saw them again); selection for deportation; sneaking into another group; mass killing of women and babies from the hospital; having to bury the babies; hiding during deportation selections and the shooting of every tenth person (her cousin was shot); escaping a deportation; working with her husband; their deportation to Auschwitz; a guard hitting her on the head; friends assisting her; transfer the next day to Lippstadt; friends assisting her (she could not walk or work due to the head injury); Polish nurses in the camp hospital assisting her; a German supervisor and Italian POWs providing extra food, which helped her recover; evacuation; liberation by United States troops; living in Lippstadt; leaning her husband was in Dachau; reunion with him there; and moving to Stuttgart. Ms. S. notes two brothers survived the war.