Irving S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1404) interviewed by Leo Mogill and Rebecca Fink
- Tucson, Ariz. : Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 1990
- Interview Date
- June 20, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Irving S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1404). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Irving S., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1924. He recalls his father's atheism despite his family's orthodoxy (one brother was a cantor); German invasion in 1941; ghettoization in 1943; transport with 600 youths for forced labor in Larisa; public hanging of an escapee; return to Salonika six months later; finding all the Jews had been deported, including his family; deportation to Birkenau three days later; encountering his older brother (all other family had been killed); transfer to Auschwitz after two weeks; transfer to Warsaw three days later with other Greek prisoners; clearing rubble from the former ghetto; his brother's arrival; obtaining extra food due to his brother's privileged position because he spoke German; his brother's public hanging after an escape attempt; a death march, then train transport to Dachau, then Augsburg; working in a nearby village; a German woman feeding them in front of their guards; liberation by United States troops; meeting his future wife, a Polish survivor; marriage six weeks later in Ampfing; living in Feldafing, then Heidenheim displaced persons camps; and emigration to the United States in 1949. He shows a family photograph and discusses speaking to school groups about his experiences.