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Amalie S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1178) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Ruth Harris

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1178

Videotape testimony of Amalie S., who was born in Munich, Germany in 1922, one of three daughters. She recounts her family moving to Stanislav after Hitler's ascent to power; attending a Jewish gymnasium; summer visits to grandparents in Dilyatyn; her sister's emigration to Palestine; Soviet occupation; Hungarian invasion followed by German invasion in June 1941; anti-Jewish restrictions; her father's arrest and release; hiding her father during a round-up; a mass killing including her mother and sister; ghettoization; forced labor; her father's job at the Judenrat; public hanging of every tenth Jewish policeman and the head of the Judenrat, Mordecai Goldstein; her father's deportation; escaping to Galich with the help of a non-Jew; hiding with several non-Jewish families; obtaining false papers; living in Lʹviv; traveling to Kraków via Stryĭ; living with Kazimiera J.; working as a maid for a German family, then for a German construction company; attending a party hosted by Hans Frank; attempting to give water to Jews in cattle cars; working as a bookkeeper for Organization Todt, then another German firm; remaining as a manager when the company was evacuated; a German commander ordering her to detonate explosives but not complying; contacting the Polish underground; liberation; meeting her future husband (he was in the Polish army); and emigration to the United States in 1947. Ms. S. notes visiting Poland with her daughter in 1974; sending money to one of her rescuers; and bringing Kazimiera J. to the United States, who joins her, as does Amalie S.'s husband, Norman S. (HVT-1055), and one of his rescuers, Stanislawa B.

Author/Creator
S., Amalie, 1922-
Published
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
Interview Date
April 24, 1987 and October 27, 1987.
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
Amalie S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1178). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4294827
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:40:00
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