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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.
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.