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Sol M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1784) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Gabriele Schiff

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1784

Videotape testimony of Sol M., who was born in Radzanów, Poland in 1920, one of eight children. He recalls his family's Hasidism; antisemitic harassment; German invasion in September 1939; anti-Jewish measures; ghettoization in Mława; public hangings; forced labor; deportation to Auschwitz with a brother and two sisters in November 1942; slave labor with his brother; his brother's murder; praying on Yom Kippur; hearing rumors in July 1944 that Hitler was dead; contact with his sister; learning from her that their younger sister was dead; a death march; transport to Gross-Rosen, Buchenwald, Ohrdruf, then Crawinkel; evacuation to Buchenwald in April 1945; transport to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; traveling to Berlin, then Łódź; reunion with his brother-in-law and sister in Mława; traveling to Zeilsheim; emigration to the United States; marriage; and becoming a cantor. Mr. M. notes his memories are fragmentary; lack of emotion to his brother's death in Auschwitz; sharing his experiences with his son when he was seven; and a recent visit to Poland. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Sol, 1920-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 22, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sol M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1784). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.