Emanuel S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2714) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
- Interview Date
- October 13, 1993.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Emanuel S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2714). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Emanuel S., who was born in Sárospatak, Hungary in 1929. He recalls his first day at religious school on his third birthday; antisemitic harassment by children; his father's death in 1941; his bar mitzvah in 1942; membership in a Zionist group; German invasion on March 20, 1944; anti-Jewish laws; transfer with his family to Sátoraljaújhely ghetto on April 19; deportation to Auschwitz in June; separation from his mother and aunt upon arrival; separation from his brothers three weeks later when he was transferred to Mauthausen, then Gusen; slave labor in a quarry and underground airplane factory; beatings which resulted in a permanent hearing loss; helping a friend during the death march to Gunskirchen; another friend being hanged; cannibalism; liberation by United States troops; recuperating in a hospital; returning to Sárospatak; reunion with his brothers; learning his mother and other relatives had been killed; fleeing to Landsberg displaced persons camp; contacting his grandparents in New York; and emigrating to the United States in 1946. Mr. S. discusses his loss of belief in God and recovering it; continuing nightmares; reluctance to share his experiences with his children and wife; visits to Hungary; and the importance of his family's support.