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David S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2951) interviewed by Bonnie Dwork,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2951

Videotape testimony of David S., who was born in Volové, Czechoslovakia (presently Mizh︠h︡irʹi︠a︡, Ukraine) in 1919 to an affluent family of seven children. He recounts cordial relations with Czechs; antisemitic harassment by Russians; learning upholstering in Ostrava; returning home; working in his father's business; Hungarian occupation; forced service in a Hungarian labor battalion; returning home due to his father's bribes; hiding to avoid conscription again; being sent to a labor camp in Kolochava in spring 1943; transfer to Khust that fall, then to the interior of Russia in winter; forced retreats ending in Kiev, Poland, then Székesfehérvár, Hungary in 1945; arrest by Soviets as a Hungarian soldier; transfer to Finland with other POWs; escaping from a transport train on route to Romania; traveling to Budapest; locating a surviving brother; reunion with him in Prague; living with another brother in Liberec; meeting his future wife; and emigrating to the United States in 1948 with assistance from HIAS. Mr. S. notes his mother died before the war; his father and two brothers were killed; and sharing his experiences with his children. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., David, 1919-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
Interview Date
June 22, 1994.
Locale
Hungary
Mizh︠h︡irʹi︠a︡ (Zakarpatsḱa oblast,́ Ukraine)
Czechoslovakia
Ostrava (Czech Republic)
Kolochava (Ukraine)
Khust (Ukraine)
Kiev (Ukraine)
Poland
Székesfehérvár (Hungary)
Finland
Budapest (Hungary)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Liberec (Czech Republic)
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
David S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2951). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.