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Sam N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1014) interviewed by Steven Paul Cohen and Ann Solov Walker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1014

Videotape testimony of Sam N., who was born in Rzeszów, Poland in 1929. He recalls the German invasion; fleeing with his family to another town; hiding while SS troops murdered 300 Jews and burned the synagogue; their return to Rzeszów; anti-Jewish restrictions; an unsuccessful attempt to escape to the Soviet zone; ghettoization; his mother's arrest and interrogation; and his father's death while in hiding. Mr. N. tells of the influx of Jews from surrounding areas; frequent deportations; his bar mitzvah, for which he studied in secret; transfer to Reichshof labor camp in Rzeszów; his sister's escape, betrayal and deportation to Auschwitz, where she was killed; liquidation of the ghetto in the fall of 1943; escaping from Reichshof with his mother in November; hiding with his former Polish nursemaid and her sister; and liberation by Soviet troops in July 1944. He discusses his rescuers' fear of revealing they helped Jews; fleeing Rzeszów in June 1945 due to a blood libel accusation against the surviving Jews; living three years with his mother in Neufreiman and Zeilsheim displaced persons camps; and emigration to the United States. Mr. N. notes continuing contact with the people who saved them and their recognition by Yad Vashem.

Author/Creator
N., Sam, 1929-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1987
Interview Date
August 23, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sam N. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1014). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4317921
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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