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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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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    D., Samuel, 1928-
    Published
    London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
    Interview Date
    December 6, 1990.
    Locale
    Poland
    Warsaw
    Germany
    Magnuszew (Poland)
    Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
    Warsaw (Poland)
    Windermere (England)
    Israel
    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

    Language
    English
    Copies
    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.
    Subjects
    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)

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296721
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:25:00
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