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Moses S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-511) interviewed by Dori Laub and Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-511

Videotape testimony of Moses S., who was born in 1912 in Stare Sambor, a small town, and grew up there and in nearby Sambor, Poland (now Ukraine). He describes his difficult youth; his move to Borislav; his marriage in 1938; German occupation, Soviet occupation, and German re-occupation in 1941, when he was taken to Russia; his escape to his home town; and his return to Borislav, where he rejoined his wife and young daughter. He relates the ghettoization of Borislav; the round-up of Jews, which he escaped but his wife and child did not; living in a bunker in the forest and working by day in an electrical plant; smuggling himself back into the ghetto; and deportation to Płaszów. He discusses his work building a mine in Płaszów; the liquidation of Płaszów; his transfer to Mauthausen; and back-breaking labor, hunger, and cannibalism in Mauthausen. He also refers to other camps where he was a prisoner, including Gusen I and Gusen II, and tells how he miraculously survived in numerous situations. Mr. S.'s wife, who is present during the interview, tries repeatedly to cut it short.

Author/Creator
S., Moses, 1912-1987.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
December 16, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Moses S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-511). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.