Amalie S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1178) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Ruth Harris
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1987
- Interview Date
- April 24, 1987 and October 27, 1987.
- 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.
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.