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Solly I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2139) interviewed by Elliot Perry and Gillian Green

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2139

Videotape testimony of Solly I., who was born in Ryki, Poland in 1930 to a Hasidic family. He recalls his four sisters; isolation from the outside community; speaking only Yiddish; pervasive antisemitism; German invasion; briefly fleeing to Żelechów; returning home; his father arranging his and one sister's escape to hide with a non-Jewish farmer; having to leave the farm; living with a cousin in Dęblin; their escape during the liquidation; a farmer catching his sister (he never saw her again); wandering the forest for six months; entering the camp in Dęblin; living with his aunt; public hangings of escapees; planning an escape with other boys; transfer to Częstochowa before implementing the plan; a privileged position caring for a soldier's rabbits; sharing extra food with others; his aunt and a man from Ryki caring for him; transfer to Buchenwald, then Theresienstadt; a beating which resulted in permanent injury to his teeth and ears; liberation by Soviet troops; beating a German; briefly returning to Poland; being stoned in Ryki; meeting his aunt in Łódź; returning to Theresienstadt; traveling to Windermere; a wonderful time there; living in a hostel in Gateshead; going to Israel via Marseille in summer 1948; participating in the Arab-Israel War; returning to his uncle in England; establishing a business; marriage; his wife's early death; and raising two children. Mr. I. discusses his father's last telegram to his uncle (he has it) and not sharing his story with his children. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
I., Solly, 1930-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
May 20, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Solly I. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2139). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.