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Samson M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-269) interviewed by Dennis Ducorsky

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-269

Videotape testimony of Samson M., who was born in Poland in 1913 to a Hasidic family of seven children. He recalls their poverty; joyous holiday celebrations; antisemitic harassment at school; apprenticeship as a shoemaker in Seitesz; moving to Kraków; German invasion; escaping east with his brother; Germans overtaking them; staying in Izbica; Soviet troops arriving; their withdrawal; leaving with them; living in Lʹviv; finding two of his brothers there; volunteering to work in a Soviet coalmine; harsh conditions; escaping with a friend; traveling to Kiev, then Lʹviv; volunteering for labor in the east; working for a year in Semeĭ; one of his brothers joining him; traveling to Moscow; military draft; digging trenches outside Leningrad (St. Petersburg); escaping; joining the Polish military in Saratov; assignment to Tashkent; attending military school in Moscow; fighting from Warsaw to Belgium; assignment to Lublin after the war; searching for German soldiers; reunion with a brother and sister; traveling to Kraków; hearing of antisemitic violence; traveling to Prague, then Munich; living in Landsberg displaced persons camp; assistance from the Joint; marriage; emigration to the United States; the births of two children; and his wife's death. Mr. M. discusses reunions in the U.S. and Israel with people from his Polish town and sharing his experiences with his children.

Author/Creator
M., Samson, 1913-
Published
Lawrence, N.Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1982
Interview Date
August 18, 1982.
Locale
Kraków (Poland)
Poland
Sietesz (Poland)
Izbica Lubelska (Poland)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Semeĭ (Kazakhstan)
Saint Petersburg (Russia)
Saratov (Russia)
Tashkent (Uzbekistan)
Moscow (Russia)
Warsaw (Poland)
Lublin (Poland)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Munich (Germany)
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
Samson M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-269). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.