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George S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-938) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Joanne Weiner Rudof

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-938

Videotape testimony of George S., who was born in Łódź, Poland, in 1927. He describes childhood memories of antisemitism; his family's multi-generational association with textile dyeing; his father's initial belief that German antisemitism would be no worse than that in prewar Poland; the ghettoization of Łódź; and his impressions of Ḥayim Rumkowski. He recalls ghetto conditions including constant hunger, indiscriminate shootings, mass deportations, and the killing of most of his relatives; his arrest by the Jewish police for smuggling; liquidation of the ghetto in 1944; and deportation with his father, mother and sister to Auschwitz. Mr. S. remembers the selection for death of his mother and sister; transport to Friedland; forced labor; suffering from frostbite, hunger and repeated beatings; Soviet liberation in May 1945; reunion with his father; their return to Łódź and escape to western Germany in 1946; and emigration to the United States in 1950. He discusses nightmares and other problems with which he has suffered since.

Author/Creator
S., George, 1927-2004.
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
June 25, 1987 and July 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
George S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-938). 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/972022
Record last modified: 2015-11-19 11:11:00
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