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Izidor S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3028) interviewed by Sandy Hoffman and Steve Forst

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3028

Videotape testimony of Izidor S., who was born in Ulič, Czechoslovakia in 1918 to an impoverished family. He recounts his mother's death, his father's two subsequent marriages; having about ten siblings; apprenticeship as a tailor at age twelve; dismissal because he left without permission; a three year apprenticeship as a baker in Snina; working in Humenné, then Uz︠h︡horod; Hungarian occupation; military draft in 1938; basic training in Michalovce; an officer allowing him to leave; recall in October 1939; serving in Romania (he was the only Jew in his unit); placement in a slave labor battalion after a furlough; release in 1941; returning home; remobilization in 1943; serving in Košice; escaping with two others during a transport; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mr. S. tells of aid from the Joint in Košice; traveling to Uz︠h︡horod, then Ulič; reunion with a brother and brother-in-law; traveling to Bratislava, then Uz︠h︡horod; joining two brothers; traveling to Bucharest, then Budapest; one brother returning to Uz︠h︡horod (they never heard from him again); traveling illegally to Italy; preparing for emigration to Palestine in Modena (his brother went); and emigration to the United States in 1949 to join a sister.

Author/Creator
S., Izidor, 1918-
Published
Milwaukee, Wis. : Generation After of Milwaukee, 1994
Interview Date
November 14, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Izidor S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3028). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.