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Fred S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1535) interviewed by Anne Kaplan and Bernard Weinstein,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1535

Videotape testimony of Fred S., who was born in Stawiszyn, Poland in 1923, one of six children. He recounts his family's poverty; working at fifteen; participation in Betar; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; deportation to Kalisz in 1940; transfer to Koźminek; deportation of all children including his younger siblings (they were killed); deportation with his brother and father to Poznań-Schweiningen; slave labor unloading coal; public hangings; trying to obtain soup for his father from a cousin (he refused); his father's selection in 1942 (he never saw him again); transfer with his brother to Auschwitz (he never saw his mother, sister and brother again), then to Zgoda (Świętochłowice); slave labor demolishing buildings, then in the kitchen; his brother's disappearance (he never saw him again); a beating for smuggling potatoes; transfer to Mauthausen; a death march; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization in Wels; traveling to Salzburg displaced persons camp, then to Modena; returning to Germany; living in Munich, Landsberg and Feldafing displaced persons camps, then Moosburg with a cousin; and emigration to the United States. Mr. S. discusses always believing in God and sharing his experiences with his children when they were older.

S., Fred, 1923-
Union, N.J. : Kean College Oral Testimonies Project, 1989
Interview Date
July 31, 1989.
Koźminek (Województwo wielkopolskie)
Stawiszyn (Poland)
Kalisz (Poland)
Wels (Austria)
Modena (Italy)
Munich (Germany)
Moosburg an der Isar (Germany)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Fred S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1535). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.