Aaron S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1533) interviewed by Lawrence L. Langer and Dana L. Kline
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- June 10, 1991.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Aaron S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1533). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Aaron S., who was born in Dobrzyń nad Wisłą, Poland in 1925. Mr. S. tells of his father's death in the army in 1939; German neighbors his mother hid during the Polish withdrawal; being driven from town with his family by those neighbors; joining relatives in the Mława ghetto; public hangings and shootings; obtaining false papers and Catholic training; and leaving the ghetto in 1941 (he never saw his family again). He relates living with a Polish farmer in Płońsk; joining a resistance organization; living in bunkers in the forest near Łomża; capture by Germans; transport to Birkenau in September 1942; training as a bricklayer; constructing Auschwitz; an unsuccessful escape attempt with a Pole who befriended him; confinement in the Politische Abteilung; help from a fellow prisoner; interrogation by Rudolf Höss; and the camp's evacuation. He describes the death march to Gleiwitz; a sadistic SS guard; transport to Gross Rosen, then Dachau; staying in a typhus quarantine block; transfer to Mühldorf; clearing bombing rubble; liberation from a train near Tutzing; his inability to join in the revenge against the guards; helping to establish Feldafing; and his reasons for giving testimony after so many years.