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Samuel D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2361) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2361

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    Videotape testimony of Samuel D., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1928. He recounts attending Polish and Jewish schools; German invasion; excitement due to his childish perspective; gradually increasing anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; starvation; his father's escape to his childhood village; his father sending a Pole to bring him, his sister, and mother to the village near Magnuszew in spring 1942; incarceration with his father in Jedlińsk; Russian POWs joining German forces; realizing the arbitrary cruelty after his first beating; his father protecting him; their transfer after six months to Skarżysko via Szydłowiec; assignment to Werke C; becoming ill from the picric acid; transfer; receiving extra food from Polish workers; his father's increasing debilitation, then escape (he never saw him again); hiding under a barrack when the sick were "liquidated"; losing his will to live; friendship with two boys (neither survived); evacuation after two years to Częstochowa; transfer six months later to Buchenwald, then Rehmsdorf; assistance from British POWs; train evacuation; Allied bombings; escape and recapture; a death march to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops; being sent to England with other children; living in Windermere, then several sanitariums for a few years; learning to paint; moving to London; visiting Israel in 1961; marriage; and raising two sons. Mr. D. discusses inter-group relations in the camps; mass killings; depression after visiting Warsaw in 1975; seldom sharing his experiences, even with his children; continuing relations with camp friends; and finding meaning in conveying his experiences through painting.
    D., Samuel, 1928-
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
    Interview Date
    December 6, 1990.
    Magnuszew (Poland)
    Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Windermere (England)
    Cite As
    Samuel D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2361). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Perry, Elliot, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 28 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Mutual aid.
    Mass killings.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Children. Jewish children in the Holocaust. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Poland--Warsaw. Escapes. Prisoners of war--Poland. Prisoners of war--Germany. Forced labor. Fathers and sons. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. World War, 1939-1945--Atrocities. Concentration camps--Sociological aspects. Death marches. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in art. Magnuszew (Poland) Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland) Warsaw (Poland) Poland. Windermere (England) Israel. Oral histories (document genres) D., Samuel,--1928- Częstochowa (Concentration camp) Skarżysko-Kamienna (Concentration camp) Buchenwald (Concentration camp) Theresienstadt (Concentration camp)

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