Charles S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2133) interviewed by David Herman
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
- Interview Date
- April 30, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Charles S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2133). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Charles S., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1927, one of five children. He recounts his father's orthodoxy; joyous celebrations of sabbath and Jewish holidays; attending public school and cheder; visiting grandparents in Kielce and Warsaw; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; his brother's flight to the Soviet Union (he survived); forced relocation with his family to Rzeszów; joining relatives in Łańcut, Kraków, then Warsaw; receiving letters from his brother; ghettoization; his father's death; smuggling goods into the ghetto to support his family; escaping with his younger brother; working on a farm; bringing food to his family via Otwock; one sister's death; his mother joining them (one sister remained in the ghetto); sneaking into the Radom ghetto; being shot in the leg while escaping; walking to Opatów; a Jewish man bringing him to his uncle in Staszów (his mother and brother were to join them); hospitalization; working in his uncle's tannery; hiding during round-ups; being caught; deportation to Kielce; privileged work in the kitchen; transfer to a munitions factory as punishment for supplying potatoes to other prisoners; transfer to Częstochowa in 1944; sabotaging factory machinery; transfer to Buchenwald; clearing bombed areas in Weimar; transfer to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; visits to Prague while recuperating; emigration to England, with assistance from the Joint; and living in a children's home in Windermere, then other hostels. Mr. S. discusses contacting the farmer with whom he and his family hid and learning his mother and brother were deported; maintaining his faith, although not his orthodoxy; visiting Poland; and sharing his experiences with his children.