Samuel P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2131) interviewed by Elliot Perry and Gillian Green Douek
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- April 29, 1992.
- 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.
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.