Israel S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-549) interviewed by Gitta Fajerstein
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1983
- Interview Date
- September 18, 1983.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Israel S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-549). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Israel S., who was born in Munkács, Czechoslovakia (now Ukraine) in 1929. He recalls his religious family and happy childhood; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish measures; escaping deportation to Poland; German invasion in 1944; evacuation with his family to a brick factory; separation from his mother and sisters upon arrival at Auschwitz (he never saw his mother again); two weeks in Birkenau; separation from his father upon transfer to Mauthausen; forced labor in a coal mine in Melk; a prisoner saving him during an accident (he was seriously injured); assistance from a German officer; transfer by train and a death march to Ebensee; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. S. describes emigration to the United States in 1948; marriage in 1957; and his family of seven children. He discusses his total depression in Auschwitz; beginning to struggle to survive in Melk; and the importance of his group of friends to his survival.