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Michael S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4415) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4415

Videotape testimony of Michael S., who was born in Sosnowiec, Poland in 1934, one of two children. He recalls vacations in Zakopane; German invasion; fleeing to Kielce; returning home; public hangings of Jews; escaping deportation through a friend of the head of the Judenrat; ghettoization; hiding during round-ups; fearing separation from his parents; his mother hiding him in her workplace during the day; his mother approaching a Polish prostitute and asking her to find them a hiding place; hearing she had found them a place; escaping with his parents and sister with assistance from a German officer (they never learned his name); hiding with a Polish family in a dovecote in Dąbrowa Górnicza; paying them with jewelry and gold; suffering from cold and hunger; liberation by Soviet troops eighteen months later; returning to their home in Sosnowiec; attending school; their emigration to Israel in 1950, then later to the United States; and becoming a professor of economics. Mr. S. notes the importance of his mother's ingenuity and aggression to their survival, and continuing to assist their rescuers after the war. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Michael, 1934-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2008
Interview Date
April 22, 2008.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam Master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Michael S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4415). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.