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Frank S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-532) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-532

Videotape testimony of Frank S., who was born in Boryslav, Poland in 1916. Mr. S. recalls his childhood in Lʹvov; his Polish and Jewish identities; emigration of one brother to Palestine and another to New York; anti-Semitic incidents; his medical studies in Italy, France and Belgium; and return to Poland in the summer of 1939 due to his Polish patriotism. He discusses Soviet occupation; leading Polish student resisters; German occupation; mass murders and deportations; moving to the Warsaw ghetto with his parents, brother and sister-in-law; deteriorating conditions; extreme hunger; and deportation to Treblinka, where his parents and sister-in-law were killed. He describes escape with his brother from Treblinka to Stoczek Łukowski, then Warsaw; obtaining false papers; conducting black market business; attempts to aid other Jews; and his arrest, torture, and deportation to Auschwitz. Mr. S. relates conditions in Auschwitz; meeting Greek Jews; working in the hospital where he encountered Dr. Friedrich Entress; working in Pszczyna; and liberation January 18, 1945 by Russians. He describes postwar experiences in Italy; organizing groups to emigrate to Palestine; reunion with his brother, who committed suicide shortly thereafter; his marriage; and the birth of his daughter Aurora. Both Mrs. S. and Aurora participate in this exceptionally insightful and detailed testimony.

S., Frank, 1916-
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
February 4, 1985 and March 1, 1985.
3 copies: 3/4 in. master: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Frank S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-532). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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