Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Henry S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-329) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-329

Videotape testimony of Henry S., who was born in 1934 in Paris, France, the only child of Polish immigrants. He recalls boarding outside Paris since his parents both worked; their weekend visits; his father enlisting in the French military in 1939, partially to obtain French citizenship; his father's decommission after French surrender; he and his mother joining him in Montrabé; attending school; his father's military friends warning them in summer 1942 that Jews would be rounded-up; crossing to Spain; assistance from the Joint in Barcelona; HIAS sponsoring his emigration to the United States (his parents remained); joining an uncle and aunt in Philadelphia; learning his parents were in Havana; meeting friends from Paris in New York (he is still in touch with them); his parents' arrival in April 1946; and obtaining his Ph.D. Mr. S. discusses sharing his experiences with his wife and son; his concern for human rights, optimism, and flexibility, perhaps resulting from his experiences; visits to France, of which he has only pleasant memories; and the murder of many relatives in the Holocaust.

S., Henry, 1934-
Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1983
Interview Date
August 9, 1983.
Paris (France)
Montrabé (France)
Barcelona (Spain)
3 copies: 1/2 in.VHS dub; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-329). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
View in Yale University Library Catalog:
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:26:00
This page: