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Sidney L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-882) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin and Jane Eger,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-882

Videotape testimony of Sidney L., who was born in Kozienice, Poland in 1927. Mr. L. describes his childhood in detail; life in his town which was home to a famous Maggid; and reactions to the German invasion of Poland. He recalls the bombing of his home; the resulting deaths of his mother and five of his eight siblings; and the formation of and life in the ghetto. He recounts seeing his father murdered by a German; rumors of transports to Treblinka; and joining a slave labor project with his brother to avoid transport. He tells of work conditions in Wolanów; a selection; the arrest of his brother; his own transfer to a munitions factory in Radom; and conditions in Radom where he worked until fall 1944. He describes a death march to Tomaszów Mazowiecki; train transport to Auschwitz; transfer to a camp in Venningen, Germany, where he worked for three months; and transfer to Bissingen. He recalls a three week stay in a hospital late in 1944; transport to Bergen-Belsen; reunion there with his brother; their transfer to Hamburg; his brother's disappearance; transfer by train to Sandbostel, a prisoner of war camp; and liberation by the British in late April. Mr. L. graphically describes camp conditions; hunger; and his passive role in his own survival.

Author/Creator
L., Sidney, 1927-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
Interview Date
May 2, 1987.
Locale
Poland
Kozienice
Szydłowiec (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Tomaszów Mazowiecki (Poland)
Bissingen an der Enz (Germany)
Kozienice (Poland)
Hamburg (Germany)
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Sidney L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-882). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.