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Sol E. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1057) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin, Bernard Weinstein, and Marcia Weisberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1057

Videotape testimony of Sol E., who was born in a Polish village and raised in Gorlice. He recalls a large and close extended family; working for a wholesale food business; learning English, anticipating emigration to join relatives in the United States; German invasion; forced labor; ghettoization; starvation; non-Jewish farmers bringing them food; selection with his brother for deportation to Płaszów; slave labor for Siemens; hospitalization for typhus; working as a nurse; sharing extra food with others; working for Krupp; separation from his brother (he never saw him again); transfer to Skarżysko; receiving extra food from Polish civilian workers; slave labor in a munitions factory; transfer to Częstochowa; public hanging of escapees; transfer to Buchenwald, Schlieben, and Allach; assisting prisoners trying to observe Passover; liberation from an evacuation train by United States troops; living in Miesbach, then Feldafing displaced persons camp; working for UNRRA; marriage in February 1946; and emigration to the United States in May 1947. Mr. E. discusses emotional numbness in the camps; surviving due to luck; the impact of extreme hunger; and difficulty describing his experience in words.

Author/Creator
E., Sol, 1922-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
May 28 and July 16, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sol E. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1057). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.