Samuel S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4393) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2007
- Interview Date
- March 20, 2007.
- 3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Samuel S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4393). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Samuel S., who was born in Sni︠a︡tyn, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1920. He recounts his family's move to Vienna the following year; antisemitic harassment in school; Austrians warmly welcoming German occupation in 1938; attending Jewish school due to anti-Jewish restrictions; his father's arrest (he was in Dachau for four months, then Buchenwald for four months); his release upon promising to emigrate; obtaining documents in 1939 for three to emigrate to Palestine; his father, mother, and younger sister emigrating there; his emigration to Belfast with assistance from an Irish woman, a friend of a friend; living on a farm in County Dublin supported by local Jews; attending university in Belfast, then Edinburgh; avoiding incarceration as an enemy alien; emigration to the United States after the war to attend graduate school at Yale; and his career as a city planner. Mr. S. notes how lucky he was; his parents' and sister's return to Vienna to live after the war; and circulating a newsletter to his Viennese Jewish schoolmates. He shows photographs and documents.