Erwin S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2712) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- October 11, 1993.
- 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.
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.