Pepo S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2790) interviewed by Jaša Almuli
- Thessalonikē, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
- Interview Date
- June 7, 1993.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Pepo S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2790). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Pepo S., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1916, one of six children. He recalls attending French and Jewish schools; participation in Maccabi; his father's death in 1931; leaving school to work in the family business; German invasion; his brother's military service and resulting combat injury; working for the Jewish council; helping Jews escape; distributing food from the Red Cross in the Baron Hirsch quarter; observing abuses by the Jewish police, including Vital Hasson and Edgar Chounio; deportation to Birkenau; slave labor with one brother; witnessing his murder; receiving a note from his sister describing losing hope after surgery in a pseudo-medical experimentation block; giving Hebrew lessons to a prisoner official who prevented his transfer to the experimentation block; transfer to Warsaw; assignment to the kitchen; a death march to Dachau; transfer to another camp; slave labor in a factory; liberation from a transport by United States troops on April 28, 1945; marriage in Thessalonikē in 1946; and the births of three children. Mr. S. notes he is the sole survivor of his immediate and extended family and sings a song from the Salonika ghetto as well a wedding hymn.