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Samuel F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2357) interviewed by Elliot Perry and David Herman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2357

Videotape testimony of Samuel F., who was born in Konstancin-Jeziorna, Poland in 1926, the oldest of four children. He recalls his father's service in the Polish military; attending public school; antisemitic harassment; being financially comfortable, but not rich; trips to Warsaw; German invasion; staying with relatives in Warsaw; returning home; transfer to the Warsaw ghetto; smuggling food from Jeziorna; ceasing after his arrest; escaping with a cousin to Czubin; singing and begging; briefly living with his family in Magnuszew; their deportation (he never saw them again); a German family hiding him for a few months; forced labor in Chmielow; transfer to Kozience, Radom, then Skarżysko; frequent beatings; almost giving up when he had typhus; high morale in the barracks; public execution of escapees, including two uncles; another uncle sharing food with him; transfer after two years to Częstochowa, then Buchenwald; improved conditions; transfer three weeks later to Schlieben; meeting Ben H.; train transport to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops in May 1945; finding food in Litoměřice; volunteering for transfer to England at age fourteen; briefly staying in Prague; living an a group home in Windermere; and learning the fur trade in London.

Author/Creator
F., Samuel, 1926-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
November 29, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Samuel F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2357). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296716
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