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Israel S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-549) interviewed by Gitta Fajerstein,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-549

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.

S., Israel, 1929-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1983
Interview Date
September 18, 1983.
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
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.