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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2361

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.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Samuel D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2361). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.