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Irving S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1404) interviewed by Leo Mogill and Rebecca Fink,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1404

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.

S., Irving, 1924-
Tucson, Ariz. : Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, 1990
Interview Date
June 20, 1990.
Warsaw (Poland)
Thessalonikē (Greece)
Larisa (Greece)
Ampfing (Germany)
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.