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Sam F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1719) interviewed by Devorah Mann

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1719

Videotape testimony of Sam F., who was born in Kassel, Germany in 1912, one of six children. He recounts the family's move to Gusakov after World War I; his father's death after a beating by antisemitic Ukrainians; attending Polish school; learning tailoring at age thirteen; working in Przemyśl from age fifteen onward in the Polish military; German invasion; a mass killing of 500 men in Przemyśl; Soviet occupation days later; German invasion; fleeing to the village of a Ukrainian, non-Jewish tailor whom he had helped before; working for him while posing as a non-Jew; hearing his family had been ghettoized in and deported from Przemyśl (no one survived); liberation by Soviet troops in 1944; serving in the Soviet military; returning to Przemyśl; hearing of a pogrom; fleeing to the American occupied zone; living in displaced persons camps in Kassel and Bindermichl; organizing tailor shops there; assistance from the Joint and UNRRA; and emigration to the United States in May 1948. Mr. F. notes he married a woman who had left Gusakov in 1939, weeks before German invasion.

Author/Creator
F., Sam, 1912-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
Interview Date
November 19, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sam F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1719). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.