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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.
Locale
Poland
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie)
Sosnowiec (Województwo Śląskie, Poland)
Zakopane (Poland)
Kielce (Poland)
Dąbrowa Górnicza (Poland)
Israel
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.