Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Samuel O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-314) interviewed by Sarah Moskovitz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-314

Videotape testimony of Samuel O., who was born in Gorlice, Poland, in 1930. He recalls the death of his mother early in his youth and being raised, as a result, by both sets of grandparents; his first awareness of antisemitism; German occupation; his transfer to the Bobowa ghetto and conditions there; and the liquidation of the ghetto in August, 1942, which he was able to escape. He tells of assuming the false identity of a farm worker; being taken in by a Polish family, with whom he remained until the end of the war; and his sustaining friendship throughout this time with a non-Jewish woman. Mr. O. remembers the liberation and relates his inability to reveal his true identity to his Polish guardians even after the war. He also discusses a recent visit to Poland and the values that he, as a college professor, attempts to communicate to his students.

O., Samuel, 1930-
Northridge, Calif. : Child Survivor Archive at California State University, Northridge, 1984
Interview Date
December 4, 1984.
Gorlice (Poland)
Bobowa (Poland)
1 copy: 1/2 in. VHS.
Cite As
Samuel O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-314). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
View in Yale University Library Catalog:
Record last modified: 2018-05-29 11:47:00
This page: