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Meir S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1823) interviewed by Anita Tarsi and Harold Ani,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1823

Videotape testimony of Meir S., who was born in Rădăuți, Romania in 1928. He recalls visits to his grandparents in a nearby village; antisemitic harassment by other students; his sister's birth in about 1939; moving to Soviet-occupied Chernivt︠s︡i in 1940; attending school; German invasion in 1941; ghettoization; forced labor with other children; train deportation to the Dniester River; several weeks on a forced march to Bershadʹ; many deaths en route; assisting his father make candies and selling them; his mother's disappearance (for a long time he harbored hope she survived); his father's death from typhus; living with an aunt and her five year old daughter; his aunt's death; his own severe illness; his cousin's death; placement with his sister in an orphanage; transfer to an orphanage in Balta in winter 1942; his sister's death on Yom Kippur 1943; clandestinely leaving the ghetto orphanage to obtain extra food from nearby Italian soldiers for whom he and others from the orphanage did errands; sharing it with the other children; celebrating holidays; train transfer with other children in March 1944 to Iași; wonderful treatment by the local Jews; transfer to Bacāu, then to an orphanage in Bucharest for a few months; departure for Israel in December 1944; living with an aunt until 1948; military enlistment; and remaining in the army until 1972. Mr. S. notes his very poor health for some time after the war resulting from his wartime starvation and illnesses; his relatives helping him overcome emotional problems; visiting his home in Romania, the only “memorial” or “grave” he has for his family; and sharing his story (not in detail) with his wife and son, but not with others.

Author/Creator
S., Meir, 1928-
Published
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1986
Interview Date
July 24, 1986 and September 12, 1986.
Locale
Ukraine
Chernivt︠s︡i.
Balta
Romania
Rădăuți (Romania)
Chernivt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
Dniester River Valley (Ukraine and Moldova)
Bershadʹ (Ukraine)
Balta (Ukraine)
Iași (Romania)
Bacău (Romania)
Bucharest (Romania)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Meir S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1823). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4284541
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:28:00
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