Sid E. testimony 1986 [video recording]
Date of Recording12 June 1986
Duration3h 51m 51.0s
SynopsisSid E. was born in Piotrków Tribunalski, Poland in 1920. He recalls his childhood in Łódź growing up in a Hasidic family. He describes experiencing antisemitic harassment. He describes the German invasion in 1939 and increased anti-Jewish measures. He discusses traveling to Warsaw in December but returning to Łódź with his family. He describes ghettoization in the city and the crowded living conditions. He explains how he and his family remained with a small group working in manufacturing after the mass deportations. He describes their deportation in October 1944 to Sachsenhausen where he was separated from his mother. Sid describes working as a slave labourer and receiving assistance from a Soviet prisoner of war. He recalls being transferred to Königs Wusterhausen and seeing his father for the last time. He describes liberation by Soviet troops and receiving assistance from an officer. He describes reuniting with his brother, returning to Łódź, and learning his sister and mother survived. He discusses travelling throughout Germany to Berlin then Hannover with his brother. He discusses his marriage to another survivor. He recalls his siblings’ emigration to Palestine and his to Canada in 1948. Sid discusses his and his wife’s difficulties sharing their experiences with their children.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.