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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.
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.