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Eric S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3073) interviewed by Jean Gerber

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3073

Videotape testimony of Eric S., who was born in Šumperk, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy in 1916. He recalls attending public school; religious instruction by a rabbi; active participation in a Zionist group; his father's death in 1933; attending university in 1934; German occupation; forced expulsion from their town; imprisonment for six weeks in 1940; marriage; living in a village; deportation with his wife and mother to Theresienstadt in May 1942; a privileged position since he knew several leaders; working in the gardens; smuggling food; learning deportation meant death; deteriorating conditions; deportation to Auschwitz in fall 1944 (he never saw his mother or wife again); transfer to a Bavarian slave labor camp in early 1945; train evacuation; escape with many others; liberation by United States troops; living in Munich; returning to Prague; marriage in 1947; and emigration to Canada in 1947. Mr. S. discusses Theresienstadt's prisoner administration; numbness in Auschwitz; and a recent trip to Czechoslovakia with his children, which helped them to better understand his background.

Author/Creator
S., Eric, 1916-
Published
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1984
Interview Date
December 5, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eric S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3073). 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/4290312
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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