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Erwin S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2712) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2712

Videotape testimony of Erwin S., who was born in Sárospatak, Hungary in 1924, the oldest of four sons. He recalls German invasion in spring 1944; train transport to a ghetto; deportation to Auschwitz; remaining with his next youngest brother; transfer to Dachau after a week, then to Rothswaige the next day; reciting prayers to himself during appell; assistance from a Greek prisoner; receiving extra food from some German guards; transfer to Allach; hospitalization; being saved from selections due to his brother's privileged position; prisoners singing Kol Nidrei on Yom Kippur; liberation from a train by United States troops; declining to kill a guard (he wonders to this day if he should have); staying in Feldafing displaced persons camp; returning home; beginning a business; reunion with another brother; traveling to Landsberg displaced persons camp intending to join relatives in the United States; and emigration. Mr. S. discusses becoming more religious as a result of his experiences; crying twice in camp, when he first had lice and when they ate a dog; and the importance of helping each other to prisoner survival. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Erwin, 1924-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
October 11, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Erwin S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2712). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288703
Record last modified: 2013-11-11 11:57:00
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