David S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-515) interviewed by Allen Binstock
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
- Interview Date
- January 30, 1985.
- 4 copies: 3/4 in. master; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- David S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-515). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of David S., who was born in Boryslav, Poland (presently Ukraine) in approximately 1922, one of five children. He recounts his family's poverty; attending public and Jewish schools; participating in Akiva; apprenticing as a painter; Soviet occupation in 1939; his stepbrother's deportation to Siberia (he survived); his older brother's draft into the Soviet military; German invasion in June 1941; a pogrom by Ukrainians; antisemitic restrictions; ghettoization; forced labor as a painter; deportation of his mother, father and youngest brother; receiving a letter from his father; his sister's deportation; transfer to Boryslav labor camp; deportation to Płaszów; slave labor; narrowly escaping execution; transfer to Mauthausen, then Melk, three weeks later; slave labor digging tunnels; evacuation to Ebensee in April 1945; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. S. discusses nightmares resulting from his experiences and continuing to hope that his brother survived in the Soviet army.