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Henry S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-578) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Esther Mishkin,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-578

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Henry S., who was born in Trzebinia, Poland in 1924. He recalls his family; German invasion in 1939; escape to Kraków; work in that ghetto for a year; deportation to Markstädt, where he worked eighteen months; then to Blechhammer for eighteen months; and finally to Gross Rosen. Mr. S. describes his inability as a young teenager to understand why he was incarcerated never having committed a crime; his work manufacturing ammunition in Reichswerke "Hermann Göring" in Blechhammer; frequent Allied bombings; the death march from Blechhammer which started with 13,000 of which only 500-600 survived; his inability to continue the march; and being spared by the guard who was supposed to shoot him. He relates posing as a Volksdeutsch; hospitalization in Bavaria with German soldiers; help received by nursing nuns who concealed his tattooed number; liberation by Americans; reunion with his brother; emigration to the United States with the help of his uncle; and marriage and subsequent successful careers. Mr. S. conveys that since liberation he has enjoyed every moment of his life.
    Author/Creator
    S., Henry, 1924-
    Published
    New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
    Interview Date
    May 4, 1985.
    Locale
    Poland
    Kraków
    Trzebinia (Województwo Małopolskie, Poland)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Bavaria (Germany)
    Cite As
    Henry S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-578). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Schiff, Gabriele, interviewer.
    Mishkin, Esther, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (54 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Hiding.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/972006
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:58:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt972006

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