Aaron S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1521) interviewed by Bernard Weinstein and Susanna Rich
- Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
- Interview Date
- March 28 and April 5, 1989.
- 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.
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.