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Aaron S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1521) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Susanna Rich,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1521

Videotape testimony of Aaron S., who was born in 1909, one of six children. He recounts moving from Radomyśl Wielki to work in Kraków; starting a shirt factory; anti-Jewish boycotts; draft into the Polish military; German invasion; being wounded and captured; escaping; returning to his family home in Radomyśl Wielki; brief arrest in Tarnów while smuggling food; ghettoization in Radomyśl Wielki; hiding with his family in the forest during a round-up; walking to the Dębica ghetto; bribing the Judenrat to obtain documents so they could remain; slave labor on a railroad; transfer with his brother and cousin to Płaszów; slave labor exhuming Jewish bodies; digging mass graves; public executions; becoming numb to violence and killings; separation from his relatives upon transfer to Szebnie; sorting Jewish belongings; finding a small pair of teffilin with which he prayed secretly; return to Płaszów; transfer to Mielec, then Wieliczka; escaping during train transfer; a non-Jewish farmer hiding him briefly; hiding with other escapees in fields and forests; liberation by Soviet troops; walking to Rzeszów, then Kraków; marriage to a survivor; moving to Heidelberg; his son's birth; and emigration to join uncles in the United States in 1948. Mr. S. discusses details of camp life; pervasive painful memories resulting in nightmares; his children's lack of interest in his experiences; and being the sole survivor of his family of forty-six.

S., Aaron, 1901-
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
Interview Date
March 28 and April 5, 1989.
Radomyśl Wielki
Radomyśl Wielki (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
Rzeszów (Poland)
Heidelberg (Germany)
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Aaron S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1521). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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