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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-578

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.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Henry S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-578). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.