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Seymour O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-944) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-944

Videotape testimony of Seymour (Sam) O., who was born in Hrubieszów, Poland in 1911. Mr. O. recalls his childhood experiences; memories of World War I; law school in Warsaw; the German invasion; his family's move to Soviet territory; his parents and sister's return to his brother Felix in Warsaw, then to Hrubieszów; and his move with his brother Felix to Soviet territory. He describes work as head of a school board and as a translator for the Soviet army; the German invasion of Russia; working as a"middleman" between the Judenrat, Ukrainians and Germans; fleeing when they heard about the mass killings; hiding with friendly non-Jews; and returning to Hrubieszów. He tells of the shooting of his parents; working in the mass graves; his suicidal feelings; transfer with his siblings to Budzyń, where a former math professor from Lʹvov suggested they register for a scientific commando; transfer to Majdanek, Płaszów and Ravensbrück, where they participated in the fraudulent scientific commando; transfer with only his brother Henry to Oranienburg and Sachsenhausen; and a death march and liberation. Mr. O. relates his return to Hrubieszów; post-war pogroms; work as a defense attorney in German displaced persons camp for Jewish survivors; emigration to the United States in 1947; his marriage and family; and his reluctance to discuss his experiences with his children.

Author/Creator
O., Seymour, 1911-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
December 2, 1987.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Seymour O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-944). 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/967654
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