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Paul S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1236) interviewed by Ruth Harris and Marcia Weissberg

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1236

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.

S., Paul, 1916-
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.
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Paul S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1236). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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