Harold S. testimony 1983 [video recording]
Date of Recording21 September 1983
SynopsisHarold S. was born in Ostrowiec, Poland in 1925. He describes his experience of antisemitic harassment in school. He recalls the German invasion in 1939 and implementation of anti-Jewish regulations along with increased violence. He recalls witnessing the deportations of his mother, grandmother and younger brother. He describes ghettoization in 1940 and the ghetto’s conversion to a concentration camp. He describes his father’s deportation and his brother suffering an injury. Harold recalls his deportation to Auschwitz II-Birkenau in 1944 and transfer to Monowitz to work as slave labour for I.G. Farben. He describes witnessing public hangings of inmates who attempted to escape. He describes hearing the orchestra in Auschwitz. He describes a death march where his brother was killed. He recalls arriving at Flossenbürg. He recalls his liberation from a train transport by French troops. He describes his hospitalization, recovery and living in Frankfurt. He discusses his decision to emigrate to Canada in 1948. Harold discusses the difficulties of sharing his experience, especially with his son.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.