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William S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-736) interviewed by Irving Gadol and Heidi Hample,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-736

Videotape testimony of William S., who was born in Kraków, Poland in 1918, one of three children. He recounts attending public school; working repairing bicycles; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; fleeing east with his father, brother, and uncles; returning; meeting his future wife; forced labor cleaning streets; working instead of his father; slave labor in a factory; smuggling chickens into the ghetto; his parents' deportation (he never saw them again); his brother's and future mother-in-law's deportation; marriage; transfer to Płaszów; brief visits with his sister and wife; a fellow prisoner offering to share bread; his wife's deportation; joining a transport hoping to find her; arrival in Auschwitz; transfer to Rajsko; assisting with human experiments; transfer to Gross-Rosen; escaping; capture and torture; hospitalization; hiding in a boxcar that went to Buchenwald; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; traveling to Wrocław; reunion with his wife in Kraków; living in Linz, Bindermichl, and Wegscheid displaced persons camps; his son's birth in 1946; and emigration to the United States from Bremerhaven in 1949. Mr. S. discusses becoming inured to death in the camps and not being able to take revenge on Germans after the war, despite his wish to do so.

S., William, 1918-
Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1985
Interview Date
November 9, 1985.
Kraków (Poland)
Wrocław (Poland)
Bremerhaven (Germany)
4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-736). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.