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Sam C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1258) interviewed by Phyllis Braverman and Maxine Cohen,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1258

Videotape testimony of Sam. C., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1922, the younger of two sons. He recounts his father's death in the late 1920s; his mother working to support him and his brother; graduating from the French Lycée in 1939 with a degree in commercial studies; working for a Greek import company; his brother's military draft; bombings by Italy in October 1940; German occupation in April 1941; a one-day round-up to Eleftheria (Freedom) Square in late 1942; his brother's marriage; ghettoization; deportation with his friend in 1943 by train; slave labor building railroad tracks in Greece; starvation and beatings; escaping with his friend to the mountains; assistance from local villagers; traveling to Makrakómi seeking partisans; connecting with ELAS partisans in Graviá; battles with Germans; being wounded; assistance from the British; liberation in 1945; returning to Thessalonikē, seeking his family; learning of the extermination camps from returning survivors; realizing his family had not survived; draft into the Greek military; discharge in 1950; obtaining documents to emigrate to the United States; and meeting relatives and his future wife in France en route to the U.S. Mr. C. discusses claustrophobia resulting from the deportation train, and sharing little of his experiences, even with his children.

C., Sam, 1922-
San Antonio, Tex. : Children of the Holocaust-Second Generation of San Antonio, 1987
Interview Date
November 15, 1987.
Thessalonikē (Greece)
Makrakómi (Greece)
Graviá (Greece)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sam C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1258). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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