Joseph S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2247) interviewed by Faye Geiger and Gabriele Schiff
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- December 6, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Joseph S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2247). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Joseph S., who was born in Charleroi, Belgium in 1931. He recalls attending public school; studying with his father, a rabbi; his grandfather's arrival from Austria in 1938; German invasion in May 1940; fleeing with his family to France; living at a refugee shelter in Saint-Pourçain-sur-Sioule; moving to Vichy; living at a hotel which housed OSE offices; moving to Nice in August 1940; his grandfather's death; hiding after foreign Jews were required to report to authorities; living openly during Italian occupation; German occupation in September 1943; he and his brother being placed in hiding by OSE (his parents and sister were hiding elsewhere); visiting his parents; transfer to a Catholic boarding school; moving to Grasse, then a pension in Villard-de-Lans; corresponding with his parents; liberation by United States troops; reunion with his parents in Nice; his bar mitzvah; emigration to the United States in 1952; and becoming a rabbi and professor of French literature and Jewish studies. Mr. S. discusses writing about the use of autobiography in Holocaust studies and the many non-Jews who saved them. He shows photographs.