Yehoshua S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3244)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- May, 1991.
- 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.
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.