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Emanuel S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2714) interviewed by Naomi Rappaport

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2714

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.

Author/Creator
S., Emanuel, 1929-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1993
Interview Date
October 13, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4288708
Record last modified: 2013-11-11 11:54:00
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