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Abraham S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-280) interviewed by Frances Ganz,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-280

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    Videotape testimony of Abraham S., who was born in Działoszyce, Poland in 1928 to an orthodox family of seven children. He recalls attending Polish school and cheder; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; two brothers escaping to the Soviet Union; smuggling to support his family; escaping to Wodzisław during the first deportation (his family was taken); returning home; escaping a deportation six weeks later; hiding with Poles in a village, then in Wodzisław; traveling to Radomsko; ghettoization; deportation to Skarżysko in September 1942; obtaining extra food and a better placement through bribes; public hangings; hospitalization for typhus; transfer to Buchenwald in February 1944; improved conditions; pointless slave labor; transfer after two months to Schlieben; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer to Theresienstadt in April 1945; liberation by Soviet troops in May; traveling to Prague; emigration to Windermere, England in August; learning through the Red Cross that one brother had survived; and emigration in 1949 to join relatives in the United States. Mr. S. notes he never assumed he would survive while in camp; not sharing his experience, even with his children; pride in his Jewish identity; and the inadequacy of any reparation payments.
    S., Abraham, 1928-
    Lawrence, N. Y. : Second Generation of Long Island, 1983
    Interview Date
    May 11, 1983.
    Działoszyce (Poland)
    Wodzisław (Poland)
    Radomsko (Poland)
    Prague (Czech Republic)
    Windermere (England)
    Cite As
    Abraham S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-280). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Ganz, Frances, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    4 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (59 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.

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