Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Jack S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3083) interviewed by Jean Gerber,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3083

Videotape testimony of Jack S., who was born in Čierna nad Tisou, Czechoslovakia in 1922, to a Hasidic family of twelve children. He recalls cordial relations with non-Jews; attending yeshiva; Hungarian occupation; his father's fatal beating by Hungarian gendarmes; his mother's death six months later; escaping from a round-up with his nephew; separating from him in Trebišov; traveling home, then to Košice; receiving false papers from a military man from his hometown; working in a stable; being recognized by another man from his village; deportation to Auschwitz; his assignment collecting corpses; transfer to Mauthausen after five weeks; surviving because he worked in the kitchen; transfer to Schachendorf; hospitalization; a doctor who had previously known him protecting him from selections; another prisoner holding him up during appells; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Budapest; reunion with a brother (four of them survived); returning home; smuggling others, his family, and himself to Germany; and emigration to Canada in December 1947. Mr. S. discusses losing the desire to escape in concentration camps due to extreme hunger; the importance of remaining religious; and gratitude to many non-Jews who saved his and other Jews' lives. He shows photographs.

S., Jack, 1922-
Vancouver, B.C. : Vancouver Holocaust Centre Society, 1989
Interview Date
December 7, 1989.
Čierna nad Tisou (Slovakia)
Trebišov (Slovakia)
Košice (Slovakia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3083). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
View in Yale University Library Catalog:
Record last modified: 2018-05-30 11:33:00
This page: