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Jack S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1801) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Bonnie Dwork,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1801

Videotape testimony of Jack S., who was born in Martynuv Stary, Poland (now Ukraine), one of twelve children. He recalls attending a Catholic school; Soviet occupation; German invasion in 1941; posing as a non-Jew and joining Ukrainian partisans in Bukachevtsy with his two brothers and a sister; killing a Jewish policeman in self defense; joining Soviet and Polish partisans; armed conflicts between partisan groups; moving to Stanisławów; burying Jews shot in a mass killing; working on a farm; bringing his sisters and their children to work there; being saved from exposure because his nephew was not circumcised; other mass shootings of Jews; killing people who threatened their exposure; draft into the Soviet army in 1944; attending officer's school; marriage; capturing Germans in Łódź; reunion with a sister; deserting; traveling to France in 1946; and emigration to the United States. Mr. S. discusses a 1960 reunion with his brother and other relatives in Moscow; doubting the existence of God; and surviving due to his ability to pose as a Catholic. He shows photographs.

S., Jack.
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
April 14, 1991.
Martynuv Stary (Ukraine)
Bukachevtsy (Ukraine)
Stanislav (Ukraine)
Łódź (Poland)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jack S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1801). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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