Berek S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3735) interviewed by Stefanie Brauer and Eva Lezzi
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1997
- Interview Date
- April 3, 1997.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Berek S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3735). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Berek S., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1915, one of four children. He recalls his family's poverty; his father beating him; his mother's decency; military enlistment in 1935; his mother's death; military discharge; working as an electrician; recall in 1939; deserting after defeat; escaping to Brest; posing as a non-Jew; traveling to Warsaw, then Łódź; remaining with a non-Jewish girlfriend during ghettoization; entering the ghetto, fearing recognition; joining the fire brigade; marriage; his son's birth and his murder by Nazis at ten months; deportation with his brother to Auschwitz, then Friedland; slave labor in an airplane factory; liberation by Soviet troops; living in Kłodzko; reunion with his wife; the birth of a daughter; their emigration to Israel; a second daughter's birth; reunions with relatives from the United States and England; divorce; emigration to Berlin, Germany; and remarriage to a German non-Jew. Mr. S. notes he survived because he ceased to think and was lucky. He shows items from the concentration camp.