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Jacov S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2791) interviewed by Jaša Almuli

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2791

Videotape testimony of Jacov S., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1912. He recalls attending an Italian school; marriage; the birth of a son; working as a barber; German invasion in 1941; six months in a forced labor camp; returning home; deportation of his family (none returned); his deportation two months later to Auschwitz/Birkenau; disbelief upon learning of the crematoria; transfer to Warsaw; slave labor clearing rubble in the former ghetto; liberation by Poles during the 1944 Warsaw uprising; working as a barber for the partisans; posing as a non-Jew in a small village after the uprising failed; pretending to be mute since he did not speak Polish; liberation by Soviet troops; proving he was Jewish to a Soviet Jewish officer; working as a barber for the Soviets; repatriation to Thessalonikē via Łódź; and remarriage. Mr. S. notes witnessing the deaths of many prisoners in Warsaw and not having more children after the war.

Author/Creator
S., Jacov, 1912-
Published
Thessalonikē, Greece : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
June 1, 1993.
Language
Ladino
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 1/2 in. VHS dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jacov S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2791). 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/4288793
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