Jacques S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3243) interviewed by Rachel Jadaio and Ilana Shtauber
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- March 28, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Jacques S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3243). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.