Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Milton S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-502) interviewed by Sylvia Abrams

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-502

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.

Author/Creator
S., Milton, 1918-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
August 13, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
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.