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Samuel P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2131) interviewed by Elliot Perry and Gillian Green Douek

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2131

Videotape testimony of Samuel P., who was born in Będzin, Poland in 1926, the third child of seven. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; especially enjoying Passover and Sukkot; cordial relations with non-Jews; participating in Gordonyah; his brother's bar mitzvah (German invasion precluded his); increasing anti-Jewish restrictions; confiscation of the family business; forced labor with his older brother; his brother's deportation; ghettoization; receiving extra food from his German supervisor; hiding in a bunker with his family during deportations; having to leave the bunker during the ghetto's liquidation; deportation to Birkenau; separation from his family (he never saw them again); assistance from a prisoner when he had typhus; transfer after four months to Myslowice (Fürstengrube); public hangings; a death march to Gleiwitz; transfer to Nordhausen in open train cars; Czechs throwing bread to them; cannibalism; transfer to Magdeburg, then Ahrensburg; forced labor on a former commandant's farm; being loaded on ships; landing near Neustadt; liberation by British troops; assistance from UNRRA; reunion with his brother; and the two of them joining relatives in London in 1946. Mr. P. discusses his appreciation for freedom; finding it too difficult to share all his suffering; many SS who were never punished; and filing complaints with German prosecutors which were never acted upon.

Author/Creator
P., Samuel, 1926-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
April 29, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Samuel P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2131). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.