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Jacques S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3243) interviewed by Rachel Jadaio and Ilana Shtauber,

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    Videotape testimony of Jacques S., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1913, one of four children. In addition to information in a previously cataloged testimony, Mr. S. recounts playing violin as a youth in a Maccabi orchestra; his Greek commander issuing him, his brother, and others false papers as non-Jews so they could safely return home from front-line military services when Greece was defeated; refusing offers from non-Jews to hide in order to remain with his pregnant wife; encounters with Nazi officials Dieter Wisliceny and Alois Brunner; playing the violin in the camp hospital on Sundays; his surgery in the hospital; avoiding selection with assistance from a hospital worker; assignment as an engineer to the Union factory; punishment for visiting his sister; arranging his younger sister's transfer to the Union factory; smuggling knives to the camp resistance; a death march and train transport to Mauthausen in January 1945; transfer to Gusen; liberation by United States troops in May; hospitalization; traveling to Paris; living in Villemomble, then Nice; reunion with his younger sister in Paris; learning their brother and sister had not survived; and emigration to Israel to join his son in the mid-1960s. Mr. S. discusses prisoners assisting each other in camps; attributing his will to survive to his desire to bear witness; and a book that documents his participation in the prisoner orchestra. He shows a document and plays the violin.
    S., Jacques, 1913-
    Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
    Interview Date
    March 28, 1991.
    Thessalonikē (Greece)
    Marseille (France)
    Paris (France)
    Bordeaux (Aquitaine, France)
    Villemomble (France)
    Nice (France)
    Cite As
    Jacques S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3243). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Shtauber, Ilana, interviewer.
    Jadaio, Rachel, interviewer.
    This testimony is in Hebrew.
    Related publication: Birkenau : the camp of death / Marco Nahon ; translated from the French by Jacqueline Havaux Bowers ; edited and with an introduction by Steven Bowman. -- Tuscaloosa : University of Alabama Press, c1989.
    Related publication: Geiger in Auschwitz : ein jüdisches Überlebensschicksal aus Saloniki, 1941-1967 / Jacques Stroumsa ; aus dem französischen von Brigitte Pimpl ; herausgegeben von und [sic] Erhard Roy Wiehn. 1. Aufl.--Konstanz : Hartung-Gorre, c1993.
    Related material: Jacques S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3731), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (6 hr.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    False papers.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Mutual aid.
    Concentration camps Underground movements.
    Wife Death.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Holocaust survivors. Video tapes. Men. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, Jewish. Jewish ghettos. Jews--Greece--Thessalonikē. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Jewish. World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Greek. Concentration camps--Songs and music. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Brothers. Forced labor. Brothers and sisters. Death marches. Greece. Thessalonikē (Greece) Marseille (France) Paris (France) Bordeaux (Aquitaine, France) Villemomble (France) Nice (France) Oral histories (document genres) S., Jacques,--1913- Brunner, Alois,--1912-2010? Wisliceny, Dieter,--1911- Maccabi World Union. Auschwitz (Concentration camp) Birkenau (Concentration camp) Mauthausen (Concentration camp) Gusen (Concentration camp)

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