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Pincus and Sylvia S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-163) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-163

Videotape testimony of Pincus S., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1906, and his wife Sylvia S., who was born in Pultusk, Poland in 1922 and moved to Łódź in 1937. Mr. S. tells of his prewar marriage to his first wife and his work as a furrier. Both Mr. and Mrs. S. speak of the German occupation of Łódź; the torture and humiliation which followed; the ghettoization of Łódź; ghetto life; their impressions of Rumkowski, elder of the Jewish Council of Łódź; and round-ups and deportations from the ghetto. Mrs. S. describes the death of her father in the ghetto; her transport to Auschwitz in September 1942; separation from her mother and younger brother upon arrival; her transfer, three days later, to an ammunition factory in Freiberg (Saxony), where she remained until a month before liberation; a sustaining friendship with a fellow prisoner; evacuation to Mauthausen; and liberation. She also relates her unsuccessful postwar search for surviving relatives in Poland and Germany; meeting her present husband in Germany; and their emigration to the United States.
Mr. S. recalls his three and four year old children were taken from him on Rosh ha-Shanah 1942 (he never saw them again); his wife's disappearance in 1942 (he learned later that she had been shot); his journey to Auschwitz on the last transport from Łódź in late 1944; his transfer after five days to the underground slave labor camp of Landsberg; the cruel and dehumanizing conditions there; the cannibalism which he witnessed; and his liberation by the Americans in April 1945.

Author/Creator
S., Pincus, 1906-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1980
Interview Date
April 9, 1980.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Pincus and Sylvia S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-163). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.