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Ernest S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2749) interviewed by Charles E. Hoffhaus and Lori S. Klarfeld

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2749

Videotape testimony of Ernest S., who was born in Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad), Czechoslovakia in 1923. He recalls pervasive antisemitism; his sister's marriage and move to Plzeň in 1933; German annexation in 1938; immediately moving to his sister's (Plzeň was not annexed); German invasion; his parents sending him on an illegal Youth Aliyah transport to Palestine in 1940; his sister's emigration to England in 1941; enlisting in the Jewish Brigade of the British army; transferring to the Czech army in exile; transport to England; training there and in Scotland; moving through Germany to Czechoslovakia; visiting Theresienstadt; meeting former friends in Plzeň who told him not to bother trying to find survivors; learning his parents were deported and killed; unsuccessful efforts to reclaim family property in Karlsbad; leaving illegally from Prague in 1948; living in Regensburg and Murnau displaced persons camps for Czechs; marriage to a non-Jew who converted; working for the Joint in Munich; and emigration to the United States. Mr. S. discusses how difficult it must have been for his parents to send him away, which saved his life; and continued antipathy for the German language, Germans, and German products.

Author/Creator
S., Ernest, 1923-
Published
Kansas City, Kansas : Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, 1994
Interview Date
August 18, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ernest S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2749). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.