Holocaust Teacher Resource Center

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Survivor Videos

The United Jewish Federation of Tidewater (UJFT) created a program called What We Carry.  Trained volunteer docents now present one of the first seven films to schools, community groups, and military audiences, in combination with a suitcase filled with replicas of the survivor’s treasures.  A traveling version of the program also is available to educators outside Tidewater, Virginia.

Each video is presented here with permission from the UJFT Holocaust Commission to enable a wide audience to have the experience of both seeing and listening to a survivor tell some of what he or she witnessed during the Holocaust.

Contact the UJFT Holocaust Commission at info@halocaustcommission.org for more information or to schedule a presentation.


Dana Cohen, Holocaust survivor

David Katz, Holocaust survivor

Hanns Loewenbach, Holocaust survivor

Kitty Saks, Holocaust survivor

Alfred Dreyfus, Holocaust survivor

Dame Mary Barraco, Righteous Gentile and soldier in the Belgian Resistance

Bill Jucksch, United States Army Holocaust camp liberator

Szaja Lida’s Survivor Story

Watch and listen to Szaja Lida’s Holocaust survivor story. It originally was recorded in Virginia Beach on June 16, 1988.  It details his account of his time in the following Concentration Camps between June 1942 and May 1945:

  • Krakow, Poland June 1941 – July 1942
  • Plaszow, Poland July 1942 – November 1943
  • Skarzysko – Kamienna, Poland November 1943 – July 1944
  • Buchenwald, Germany July 1944 – September 1944
  • Schlieben, Germany September 1944 – April 1945
  • Theresenstadt (Terezin) April 1945 – May 1945

Please note that this narrative does not follow the order of the time spent in each camp.


Szaja Lida’s Story, Part 1

Szaja Lida’s Story, Part 2

Szaja Lida’s Story, Part 3

Szaja Lida’s Story, Part 4

Szaja Lida’s Story, Part 5

Szaja Lida’s Story, Part 6

Szaja Lida’s Story, Part 7

David Katz, Holocaust survivor
tells how a priest encourages him to hold on to his Jewish heritage

David Katz, Holocaust survivor
learns that his parents were killed in the gas chambers in Auschwitz

Jaap Penrat, Righteous Gentile
responding to the question why he felt that he wanted to help Jewish people when obviously he was risking his own life in doing it

in Lesson Plans, see the related “Forging Freedom” by Hudson Talbott


Peter Fischl, Holocaust survivor
reads his poem “To the Little Polish Boy Standing with His Arms up”

in Lesson Plans, see the related “Teaching Empathy through Ecphrastic Poetry: Entering a Curriculum of Peace” by Nancy Gorrell