Sam S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-748) interviewed by John Tiebout and Mark Jacobs
- Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
- Interview Date
- March 15, 1986.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sam S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-748). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sam S., who was born in 1924 in Dubienka, Poland. He recounts his father's death when he was two months old; his mother's remarriage; attending cheder, then public school; antisemitic harassment; attending a rabbinical seminary in Warsaw; his stepfather's philanthropy; participation in Betar; brief Soviet invasion in 1939; German occupation; working as a secretary for the Judenrat; deportation of his parents and many relatives (they were killed in Sobibor); exemption as a Judenrat employee; obtaining an exemption for an aunt and her children (he claimed they were his wife and children); stealing Polish papers; distributing them to his uncle and others; escaping to Chełm; assistance from a Polish friend in Mielec; returning to Chełm; round-up as a Pole for forced labor; train transfer to Lublin, then Halle; working in a chemical factory; asking for a transfer due to Poles suspecting he was Jewish; working in a sugar factory in Dessau; aligning himself with Czech workers; constant fear of discovery; being injured in an Allied bombing in 1944; hospitalization; liberation by United States troops; posing as a Belgian POW; repatriation to Belgium; assistance from the Jewish community; learning an aunt and uncle had survived; obtaining a passport in his real name from the Polish embassy; emigration to the United States; and bringing his aunt, uncle and cousins later. Mr. S. discusses sharing some of his experiences with his children; his sense of guilt; and the irreplaceable loss of the murdered Jews of Europe.