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Fay S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-263) interviewed by Doris Simon

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-263

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.

Author/Creator
S., Fay, 1919-
Published
Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1982
Interview Date
June 23, 1982.
Language
English
Copies
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.