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Abraham S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2499) interviewed by Alberta Strage

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2499

Videotape testimony of Abraham S., who was born in Chorzów, Poland in 1926, one of two brothers. He recounts attending public school; his bar mitzvah; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; his brother fleeing to Kraków; deportation of his father and uncle for forced labor (they never saw them again); forced relocation to Sosnowiec; his brother's return; forced labor in a German uniform factory for two years; public executions; deportation to a labor camp (he never saw his mother and brother again); slave labor constructing roads; transfer to Graeditz, Laurahütte, and Chorzów; corresponding with his family until 1943; transfer to Blechhammer; selection for training as a bricklayer; Allied bombings; a death march in 1945; selection for a mass shooting in Graeditz; escaping; villagers feeding and clothing him, then returning him to the SS; marching to Gross-Rosen; train transfer to Buchenwald, then Zwieberge; assistance from fellow prisoners; hospitalization; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization in Hovestadt and Braunschweig; relocation to a displaced persons camp in 1946; joining an uncle in England in 1948; working as a coal miner in Scotland; emigration to Israel; living with an aunt, then on a kibbutz; marriage in 1952; their child's premature birth and death; and returning to England. Mr. S. notes his children's reluctance to hear his experiences. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Abraham, 1926-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
October 6, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abraham S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2499). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.