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Berek S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3735) interviewed by Stefanie Brauer and Eva Lezzi,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3735

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.

S., Berek, 1915-
Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1997
Interview Date
April 3, 1997.
Brest (Belarus)
Warsaw (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Kłodzko (Poland)
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.