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Otto S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2621) interviewed by Sharon Hamil and Ramona R. W. Kirsch

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2621

Videotape testimony of Otto S., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1921. He recounts his parents' move to the United States in 1899; his brother's birth there in 1911; their return visit to Austria before World War I; his father's draft when war broke out; his return in 1918 with injuries which precluded their return to the U.S.; Viennese welcoming Hitler during the Auschluss in 1938; anti-Jewish laws; his brother's incarceration in Buchenwald; release as a U.S. citizen provided he left immediately; his father's death in 1941; his mother's emigration to the U.S.; hiding with his girlfriend's family; being smuggled to join relatives in Budapest; his uncle turning him away; the smuggler finding him a place to stay with thieves; arrest; incarceration; escaping; briefly joining relatives in Kapospula; arrest; deportation to Birkenau; slave labor; transfer to Sachsenhausen, then Kaufering; slave labor for Organisation Todt; help from a Viennese prisoner while hospitalized; transfer to Dachau; liberation in April 1945; working for U.S. troops; reunion with his brother, a U.S. soldier; marriage to his girlfriend; and emigration to the United States in July 1946. He discusses nightmares; no contact with other survivors; and not sharing his experiences until now, even with his mother.

Author/Creator
S., Otto, 1921-
Published
Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
Interview Date
August 15, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Otto S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2621). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4296922
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:41:00
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