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Sam M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-749) interviewed by Sue Kollinger and Debbie Weinberg,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-749

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    Videotape testimony of Sam M., who was born in Szydłowiec, Poland in approximately 1920. He recounts his family's orthodoxy; their poverty, which led to the deaths of two brothers; attending yeshiva in Końskie; antisemitic harassment; attending a lecture by Vladimir Jabotinsky; moving to Warsaw in 1937; participating in Betar; German invasion in 1939; returning home; being caught in a round-up; transport to do slave labor constructing a dike; people in Szydłowiec securing release of those from the town; returning home; deportation to Skarżysko-Kamienna; slave labor in a munitions factory; encountering a cousin; contacts with partisans; refusing to divulge their names under torture; transfer to Werke C; working with picric acid, which later negatively impacted his health; transfer to Częstochowa; slave labor in a steel mill; his cousin's hospitalization; assisting her; her assistance when he was hospitalized; train transfer to Buchenwald, then Dora; public hangings; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; being shot while "stealing" food, which he shared with those who helped him; liberation by British troops; transfer to a hospital in Malmö via Lübeck; emigration to the United States in 1953; marriage in 1956; and his daughter's birth. Mr. M. discusses persistent nightmares; not sharing his experiences with his daughter; the inability of others to understand survivors and their experiences; and attributing his survival to faith and willpower.
    M., Sam, 1920?-
    Dallas, Tex. : Memorial Center for Holocaust Studies, 1986
    Interview Date
    May 24, 1986.
    Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
    Końskie (Województwo Świętokrzyskie, Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Lübeck (Germany)
    Malmö (Sweden)
    Cite As
    Sam M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-749). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Weinberg, Debbie, interviewer.
    Kollinger, Sue, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 47 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Concentration camps Underground movements.
    Postwar effects.

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