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Martin S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4412) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4412

Videotape testimony of Martin S., who was born in Tarnów, Poland in 1928, the older of two children. He recounts his mother was born in the United States but grew up in Poland; German invasion; expulsion from their home; living near the Jewish cemetery; working with his mother in a coat factory; celebrating his bar mitzvah in secret; hiding with his father during a round-up, and observing a mass killing at the cemetery; moving to the ghetto; building hiding places; hiding during several round-ups; his mother's selection for deportation; the factory owner removing her and registering her for work locally; his mother surrendering herself in a call for Jewish foreign citizens; transport with his parents and sister to Montelupich prison, then nine weeks later to Bergen-Belsen via Berlin where the Red Cross gave them food; placement in the section for foreign citizens; university students tutoring the children; throwing bread to a starving friend in another section; train transport on April 7, 1945; abandonment by the guards in Magdeburg; arrival of United States troops; transfer to Namur, Belgium; moving to Wépion, then Brussels; and emigration to the United States in April 1947. Mr. S. discusses his paintings depicting his experiences. He shows sample paintings, photographs, and documents.

Author/Creator
S., Martin, 1928-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2008
Interview Date
February 25, 2008.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Martin S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4412). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.