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Jakob S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1088) interviewed by Dina Choshen and Raya Adler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1088

Videotape testimony of Jakob S., who was born in Poland in 1924. He recalls German invasion; fleeing to Lazdijai, Lithuania; German invasion a year later; fleeing east with his parents and brother; separation with his brother from their parents in Daugavpils during a German attack; working in a kitchen; being released from a mass killing with other children; sharing extra food with other Jews; returning from work to find his brother had disappeared (he never saw him again); ghettoization; hiding during a round-up; clandestinely joining a group burying corpses; working with Soviet POWs; a few Jews obtaining weapons; escaping; hiding in the forest; a non-Jew bringing him to three other Jews; arrest; imprisonment with other escaped Jews; transfer to Kaiserwald; volunteering for transfer; transport to Germany, the Šiauliai ghetto, then Kaufering; building airplane hangers; transfer to Dachau; liberation by United States troops; living in Feldafing and Föhrenwald displaced persons camps; illegal emigration to Palestine via Marseille; incarceration on Cyprus; and living on a kibbutz. Mr. S. recounts learning his parents had survived in the Soviet Union and their reunion on the kibbutz. He describes his experiences in detail and illustrates them with his drawings.

S., Jakob, 1924-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1985
Interview Date
January 17, 1985.
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jakob S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1088). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.