Joseph S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1087) interviewed by Dina Choshen and Raphael Rozner
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985
- Interview Date
- January 11, 1985.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Joseph S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1087). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Joseph S., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia in 1915. He recalls attending technical school in Brno; active participation in a Zionist organization; attending officer's training school; demotion due to anti-Jewish laws; transfer to a forced labor camp; release to perform his "vital" job; marriage in 1942; assisting his family avoid deportations due to his influential job; his company arranging for him to work in Nitra when they could not keep him off deportation lists; contacts with a Polish Jew who made a great deal of money in the black market and gave it to Rabbis Weissmandel and Unger for rescue work; his sister's family being protected by a priest (they had converted to Catholicism); preparing bunkers for a German offensive against the Slovak partisans; learning his parents were found and deported; moving to Nováky camp; Allied bombings; escaping to the forests; being wounded; returning to Nitra for medical aid; hiding with Catholics; liberation by Soviet troops; working for the Soviets in Nitra, Ždaňa, and Hungary; and emigration to Israel with his entire family.