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Stanley S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2686) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2686

Videotape testimony of Stanley S., who was born in Nelipino, Czechoslovakia (now Ukraine) in 1923. He recalls his family's orthodox observances; attending school in Mukacheve; participating in Mizrachi; Hungarian occupation; lack of knowledge of Jewish persecution elsewhere; conscription into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in 1943; working in an airplane factory on Csepel Island; punishment for smuggling; escape in October 1944; obtaining a Swedish passport from Raoul Wallenberg; hiding in a Swedish safe house in Budapest; arrest by the Arrow Cross (Nyilaskeresztes Párt); deportation to Buchenwald; obtaining tefillin and praying with other prisoners; relations between prisoner groups; transfer to Magdeburg; working in a munitions factory; sabotage; a group seder; assistance from the Red Cross and German civilians; escape in April 1945 with other prisoners; hiding; liberation by United States troops; working as a translator in Hillersleben; reunion with his sister in Belgium (his parents and five siblings were killed); and joining his brother in the United States in 1946 with assistance from ORT and HIAS. Mr. S. discusses the reluctance of others (including his brother) to hear his story; his children's interest in his story; and the absence of Jewish life when he returned to Nelipino and Mukacheve in 1991.

Author/Creator
S., Stanley, 1923-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
November 3, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Stanley S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2686). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.