Norbert S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2954) interviewed by Joni-Sue Blinderman
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1994
- Interview Date
- April 5, 1994.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Norbert S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2954). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Norbert S., who was born in Cavnic, Romania in 1923. He recalls his family's move to Petrova in 1925; his father's medical practice; increasing antisemitism; attending gymnasium in Timișoara; street attacks; graduating in Oradea; antisemitism preventing him from entering medical school in Cluj; returning home; working for a lumber company until German occupation in March 1944; ghettoization with his parents and sister in April; deportation to Auschwitz in May; separation from his mother and sister; sadistic treatment by Nazi guards; the pervasive stench of burning flesh (he could not eat meat for many years); their transfer to Buchenwald, then Tröglitz; arduous slave labor; his father's beating because he excused prisoners due to illness; return to Buchenwald in September; his father's selection for death; transfer to camps in Weimar, Leipzig, and a third location; volunteering as an electrician; helping each other in his group; being left during a death march in April 1945; two Wehrmacht officers bringing him to Theresienstadt; liberation by Soviet troops in May; many prisoner deaths from eating; traveling to Budapest; and returning home to seek relatives (none survived). Dr. S. reflects upon numbing himself to atrocities and deaths in the camps and shows family photographs.