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Shlomo S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3251) interviewed by Chaya Mʻeiri and Yoram Amit,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3251

Videotape testimony of Shlomo S., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1924, one of two children. He recounts his secular family's relative affluence; his father's one-year trip to visit relatives in Argentina in 1937; he and his brother writing to him about increasing antisemitism; his return despite their letters; participating in Hashomer Hatzair with his brother and Israel Gutman; attending a Jewish school; German invasion; ghettoization; learning carpentry; many deaths from starvation; volunteering for forced labor; his father's disappearance; escaping; joining his brother in the Tarnów ghetto; his brother's participation in Jewish resistance; obtaining false papers as a non-Jew; working on a farm; traveling to Kraków; arrest as a suspected Jew; incarceration in Montepulich; interrogation and beatings; transfer to the ghetto prison, then to Tarnów; escaping a deportation train; returning to Tarnów ghetto; obtaining false papers from his brother (he never saw him again); working as an agricultural laborer; stealing and altering a peasant's identification card; obtaining legitimate identification as a non-Jew; liberation by Soviet troops; visiting Warsaw; joining a kibbutz; reunion with his mother in Wrocław; traveling illegally to Föhrenwald via Vienna and Munich; emigration with his mother to Israel after 1948; marriage; the births of his children; and his mother's death in 1965.

S., Shlomo, 1924-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
June 21, 1991.
Tarnów (Województwo Małopolskie)
Warsaw (Poland)
Wrocław (Poland)
Munich (Germany)
Vienna (Austria)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Shlomo S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3251). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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