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Maurice S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1947) interviewed by Ann Solov Walker,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1947

Videotape testimony of Maurice S., who was born in Jarosław, Poland in 1912. He recalls antisemitism in school; his dental practice in Kraków; marriage in 1937; German invasion in 1939; fleeing with his brother to the Soviet-occupied zone; hiding to avoid deportation to Siberia; working as a dentist; German invasion; hiding to avoid forced labor; living in Lʹviv with his brother and uncle; returning to Kraków; living in the ghetto with his wife and her family; forced labor; sending his wife to Warsaw since she was not well (he never saw her again); incarceration in Płaszów; losing his faith when he witnessed a mass shooting; assistance from Oskar Schindler; transfer to Auschwitz, then Mauthausen; slave labor in the quarry; working as a dentist in the hospital; providing extra food for friends; becoming ill; assistance from a Polish doctor; liberation by United States troops; meeting his future wife; and returning home seeking family (only his sister in Belgium survived). Mr. S. notes half of him is still in the concentration camps; believing he would be killed; not escaping when he could, knowing those left behind would be killed; and the difficulty of summarizing ghetto and camp life.

S., Maurice, 1912-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1995
Interview Date
July 17, 1995.
Jarosław (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Lʹviv (Ukraine)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Maurice S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1947). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.