Still image from Sam E. Holocaust testimony, August 14, 1985.
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Sam E. testimony 1985 [video recording]

Holocaust Testimony

GenreTestimonies
Object IDSE8508_01_VA
Date of Recording14 August 1985

InterviewerHayden, Sandra
IntervieweeEpstein, Sam
Duration1h 56m 31.0s
LanguageEnglish
SynopsisSam E. was born in Łódź, Poland on October 27, 1914. He describes his family. He recalls his father’s activities in the socialist underground, including his arrest, and escape from Pawiak prison. Sam describes his education and occupation as a commercial artist before the war. He recalls the Jewish community and incidents of antisemitism. Sam describes being mobilized to the Polish army in 1939 and travelling towards the Russian border. He describes escaping with a friend and obtaining false identity documents. He recalls returning home and reuniting with his parents. He describes ghettoization and his experience meeting his wife and their marriage. He describes mass killings and deportations. He describes food and work in the ghetto. Sam recalls transfer to Hasag Pelcery forced labour camp and being separated from his wife. He describes violence in the camp. He recalls Soviet liberation. He describes antisemitism after the war. Sam discusses his decision to come to Canada and establishing a new life. He discusses sharing his experiences.
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Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.