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Yehoshua S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3244)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3244

Videotape testimony of Yehoshua S., who was born in Debrecen, Hungary in 1925, the second of four brothers. He recalls his family's orthodoxy; secretly participating in Zionist youth groups; antisemitic violence; his father's and older brother's draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion; German invasion in March 1944; deportation with his mother, brothers, and aunt to Vienna; slave labor, first cleaning streets, then on nearby farms; a death march to Mauthausen; encountering his uncle; transfer to Gunskirchen; separation from his family; observing cannibalism; liberation by United States troops; finding his mother and brothers; their unexplained disappearance; hospitalization; traveling to Vienna; assistance from the Joint; returning home; reunion with his family; traveling to Budapest and Bucharest to emigrate to Palestine; meeting his wife; incarceration at ʻAtlit when attempting to enter Palestine; his daughter's birth in 1947; fighting in the Israel-Arab War; incarceration as a POW in Egypt; assistance from the Red Cross; and release after the war. Mr. S. discusses numbing himself in camps; his complete loss of belief in God; his family's emigration to Canada; not talking about his experiences for forty-five years; and now sharing them freely with his children.

Author/Creator
S., Yehoshua, 1925-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
Interview Date
May, 1991.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Yehoshua S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3244). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.