Martin S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-641) interviewed by Susan Millen and Ellen Suesserman
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1986
- Interview Date
- January 3, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Martin S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-641). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Martin S., who was born in Tarnobrzeg, Poland, in 1933. Mr. S. recalls his happy childhood; the inferno of the German occupation; hiding in a small town; his arrival in the Skarżysko-Kamienna labor camp, where he was separated from his mother; his decision to be a 'model prisoner' as a means of surviving in spite of his youth; his work in the camp; his extreme reactions to the brutality and dehumanization; his transfer, along with his brother, to Buchenwald; their liberation from Buchenwald; and their postwar return to Poland, where they found that their entire family except for their mother and one cousin had perished. He relates his experience of two postwar pogroms in Poland; emigration to the United States; and the disbelief of his Yeshiva classmates, and even of his mother, and his subsequent decades-long silence about his experiences. Mr. S. also speaks of his marriage; his recent decision to speak about his wartime experiences, though convinced that the full truth could not be believed; and the permanent effects of those experiences.