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Yehuda S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2127) interviewed by Gillian Green Douek

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2127

Videotape testimony of Yehuda S., who was born in Šiauliai, Lithuania in 1912, one of three children. He recounts his family's forced relocation by Russia to Vitsebsk during World War I; returning in 1920; vacations in Palanga; his siblings' emigration to South Africa; working in his father's leather business; his death in 1939; Soviet occupation; German invasion; fleeing east with his mother; returning home; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; his mother's deportation with other relatives (he never saw them again); he and his future wife hiding with Lithuanian non-Jews for four months; their exposure; imprisonment in Seda, then Šiauliai; their release after his girlfriend's mother bribed the guards; returning to the ghetto; marriage; public executions; working in a factory; trading with Lithuanians for food; deportation to Stutthof; separation from his wife; transfer to Dachau; liberation by United States troops from a forced march; recuperating in Waldkirchen and Sankt Ottilien; traveling illegally to Modena with the assistance of Beriḥah; hearing from his brother in South Africa; learning his wife was alive; returning to Sankt Ottilien to get her; difficulties smuggling back to Italy (she had lost her fingers and toes from gangrene); emigration to Rhodesia; the birth of two children; and emigration to England. Mr. S. discusses many prisoners who helped him and others, and his paintings of survivors and his experiences. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Yehuda, 1912-
Published
London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1993
Interview Date
January 20, 1993.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yehuda S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2127). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.