Milton S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-502) interviewed by Sylvia Abrams,
Videotape testimony of Milton S., who was born in Dęblin, Poland in 1918, one of eight children. He recounts his family's poverty and orthodoxy; antisemitic violence in public school; leaving school to work as a painter; one sister's emigration to France in 1934; leaving home to work in Warsaw; sending money home; visiting on Jewish holidays; compulsory registration for military service; German invasion; digging fortifications for the Polish army; arrest by the Polish military; escaping when German troops arrived; walking to Ryki; locating his family; bombings; capture by Germans; slave labor as a painter in Puławy; digging graves for dead soldiers; transfer to Dęblin; escape; hiding in his parents' attic for a few days; daily forced labor; transfer to the Dęblin labor camp, then to Częstochowa in June 1944; slave labor in a steel factory; transfer to Buchenwald, then to other camps, including Flossenbürg; return to Buchenwald; accepting that he was going to die; transfer to Dachau; train transport; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization in Wolfratshausen; living in Wolfratshausen, then Landsberg displaced persons camps; teaching in an ORT school; and emigration to the United States in 1950. Mr. S. discusses treatment by a Jewish doctor in a camp hospital; praying with others in camp on Yom Kippur; deportations of his parents and siblings (he never saw them again); fellow prisoners giving him their bread before they died; and the importance of luck to his survival. He shows photographs and documents.
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- August 13, 1984.
Dęblin (Warsaw, Poland)
Ryki (Lublin, Poland)
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Milton S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-502). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.