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Ervin S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3365) interviewed by Blanka Travnikova

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3365

Videotape testimony of Ervin S., a non-Jew, who was born in Liberec, Czechoslovakia in 1927. He recalls his family's poverty; his father's communist activities; their anti-Nazi activities; his father's enlistment in the Czech military; his father's arrest by the Gestapo; having to join the Hitler Youth, then the Wehrmacht; capture in Italy by United States troops in February 1945; incarceration as a POW in Livorno and Naples; release in 1947; prohibition from returning to Czechoslovakia because he had served in the Wehrmacht; illegally crossing the border; reunion with his family; and receiving Czech citizenship in 1951. Mr. S. discusses the exacerbation of problems between Czechs and "Germans" due to postwar forced population relocations and briefly mentions contacts with Jews. He shows photographs and documents.

S., Ervin, 1927-
Liberec, Czech Republic : Nadace Film & Sociologie, 1996
Interview Date
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ervin S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3365). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.