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Edward S. and Frank S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-642) interviewed by Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-642

Videotape testimony of Edward S., who was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1920 and is accompanied by his friend Frank S. He describes his education in Warsaw, moving to Białystok and Lʹvov; aspiring to be a poet and writer; participation in a literary circle in Lʹvov which included Frank S.; escape from liquidation of the Lʹvov ghetto; hiding on Frank S.'s balcony; pretending to be a German Jew to acquire a job; escape from the ghetto dressed as a German soldier; running and hiding; and being caught and sent to Buchenwald. He relates his experiences in Buchenwald from 1943 until liberation in April 1945: posing as a non-Jew; learning languages; witnessing a transport of Norwegian policemen in 1944; working as a scribe; and writing poetry. He recounts living in Italy after liberation; meeting Frank there twice; emigration to the United States; his education and career as an academic; and his reunion with Frank upon reading of the publication of Frank's book. Both Edward and Frank discuss their relationship; their sense of loss of European Jewish culture; the joyous prewar literary atmosphere in Poland; and their sense of always being displaced persons due to the loss of family, home, culture and country.

Author/Creator
S., Edward, 1920-2013.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
November 21, 1985.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Edward S. and Frank S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-642). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/967624
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