Paul S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1236) interviewed by Ruth Harris and Marcia Weissberg
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1988
- Interview Date
- February 10, 1988.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Paul S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1236). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Paul S., who was born in Gvozdets, Poland (presently Hvizdet︠s︡ʹ, Ukraine) in 1916, one of nine children. He recounts attending school; Polish military draft; antisemitism in the military; German invasion; capture and incarceration as a POW; release; returning home, which was under Soviet occupation; German invasion; ghettoization; transfer to Kolomyi︠a︡ ghetto; forced labor for the Wehrmacht; escaping (his family was killed); living in the Tolstoye ghetto; meeting his future wife; acquiring weapons; escaping from another forced labor camp; hiding in various places with his future wife and friends; receiving food and shelter from Polish farmers; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Chernivt︠s︡i ; marriage; returning to Poland; incarceration for several weeks in Czechoslovakia with other refugees en route to Germany; living in Pocking and Windsheim displaced persons camps; his son's birth in 1946; emigration to the United States in 1949 to join his wife's relatives; and his career as a butcher. Mr. S. discusses returning to Europe to visit his wife's hometown and the place where his brother was killed; sharing his experiences with his children; and the importance of luck to his survival.