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John S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4466) interviewed by Zelda Kaplan and Ann Solov Walker

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4466

Videotape testimony of John S., who was born in Stanisławów, Poland (presently Ivano-Frankivsʹk, Ukraine) in 1925, the younger of two sons. He recalls his family's upper-class, assimilated lifestyle; Soviet occupation in 1939; German/Hungarian invasion in 1941; ghettoization; his father's participation in the Judenrat; escaping with his parents and brother to the Buchach ghetto; his round-up for deportation; his father bribing a guard to let him go; his mother obtaining false papers for all of them; moving to Warsaw by himself; arrest for not having travel papers while on a train; imprisonment for two months in Warsaw as a Pole; deportation to Auschwitz as a Roman Catholic Pole; befriending Soviet prisoners; escaping with a group of them; being caught after a month; transfer to Mauthausen before his punishment was inflicted; volunteering as a car specialist; working in a factory; transfer to Gusen in December 1944; assignment as head of the tool shack because he spoke German; receiving extra soup from an SS guard; liberation in May 1945; walking to Linz; living in Leipheim displaced persons camp; traveling to Budapest, then Kraków, seeking his family; learning his parents and brother had been killed; joining a kibbutz; living in a displaced persons camp in Nuremberg; completing dental studies in Nuremberg; emigrating to the United States in 1950; serving in the military; establishing a dental practice; and teaching in a dental school. Mr. S. discusses visiting his home town and Buchach with his wife, and obtaining family photographs from a cousin in the United States to whom his mother had sent them.

Author/Creator
S., John, 1925-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 2014
Interview Date
May 29, 2014.
Locale
Ukraine
Stanislav
Buchach
Poland
Stanislav (Ukraine)
Warsaw (Poland)
Budapest (Hungary)
Kraków (Poland)
Nuremberg (Germany)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: DV Cam master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
John S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4466). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.