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Samuel W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4398) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Joanne Weiner Rudof,

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    Videotape testimony of Samuel W., who was born in Chorzów, Poland in 1927. He recalls his family's affluence; his brother's death in 1936; moving to Kraków in 1939; vacationing in Krynica-Wiés; returning home; German invasion the next day; moving east from Weiliczka to Zalishchyky; Soviet occupation; moving to Lʹviv; attending school; German invasion; returning to Kraków; moving to Wolbrom; his mother arranging a tutor for him and others; a round-up; selection with his mother; her insistence he join his father; her deportation with relatives to Belzec (he never saw them again); deportation with his father to Płaszów; his uncle obtaining a privileged position for him with a German official; the officer providing a pass to Wolbrom for him and his father; returning there; hiding during a round-up; a non-Jew in Słomniki transporting them to Kraków; smuggling themselves into the ghetto; deportation back to Płaszów; working as Kommandant Amon Goeth's personal servant; obtaining extra food for his father; Goeth arranging their transfer to Gross-Rosen; hospitalization; assistance from a Jewish doctor; a death march and rail transport to Bergen-Belsen in late 1944; his father's death three days before liberation by British troops; the high death rate after liberation; observing the camp being burned; living in the displaced persons camp there; and marriage in August 1946. Mr. W. discusses the rebirth of Jewish life in the displaced persons camp; a recent visit there and to Poland with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law; and encountering antisemitism in Poland. He shows photographs.
    W., Samuel, 1927-
    New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2007
    Interview Date
    June 11, 2007.
    Chorzów (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Krynica-Wiés (Poland)
    Wieliczka (Poland)
    Zalishchyky (Ukraine)
    Lʹviv (Ukraine)
    Wolbrom (Poland)
    Słomniki (Poland)
    Cite As
    Samuel W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4398). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Rudof, Joanne Weiner, interviewer.
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Additional written material is available in the repository.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 24 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Soviet occupation.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.
    Antisemitism Postwar.

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