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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.

S., William, 1928-
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
August 29, 1984.
Medzilaborce (Slovakia)
Michalovce (Slovakia)
Vienna (Austria)
Wels (Austria)
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.