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William S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-454) interviewed by Allen Binstock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-454

Videotape testimony of William S., who was born in Medzilaborce, Czechoslovakia in 1928, the oldest of five children. He describes his orthodox, middle-class family; attending a Jewish school; assisting at his father's store; his bar mitzvah; cordial relations with non-Jews; anti-Jewish laws, including expropriation of his father's business; deportation with his family to Auschwitz in 1942; remaining with his father (the others were killed); thinking he "was in hell"; forced labor; public executions; assignment to the bricklayers' school in Birkenau; assistance from fellow prisoners; learning of his father's death; hospitalization; being saved from selection by the man in charge; transport to Mauthausen in January 1945; assignment collecting corpses; transfer to another camp; liberation by United States troops; living with friends in Wels; briefly returning home; living in Michalovce for two years; and emigration to the United States, via Vienna, in 1950 with assistance from an American uncle. Mr. S. discusses recovering his bar mitzvah prayer book after the war.

Author/Creator
S., William, 1928-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
August 29, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
William S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-454), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.