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Shmuel S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3320) interviewed by Anita Tarsi and Roni Stauber,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3320

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    Videotape testimony of Shmuel S., who was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1920. He recounts moving to Palestine with his family; living in Rishon le-Tsiyon, Petaḥ Tiḳṿah and Hebron; returning to Kaunas in 1929; Soviet occupation; German invasion; a massacre of Jews prior to the arrival of the Germans; fleeing east with his father and brothers; being overtaken by the Germans; returning home; ghettoization; tensions over housing; smuggling; selections and deportations; surviving a mass execution; sneaking back to the ghetto; forced labor; transfer to Panevėžys; incarceration in Stutthof; obtaining extra food; transfer to Landshut, then to Mühldorf (Waldlager); his physical deterioration; evacuation by train in April 1945; a massacre of prisoners by the SS; escaping with others; and liberation by United States troops. Mr. S. discusses continuing friendship with a friend from the ghetto; his respect for the Kaunas Jewish committee; and witnessing an encounter between the ghetto head, Elkhanan Elkes, and Germans.
    S., Shmuel, 1920-
    Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
    Interview Date
    December 26, 1991.
    Kaunas (Lithuania)
    Panevėžys (Lithuania)
    Rishon le-Tsiyon (Israel)
    Petaḥ Tiḳṿah (Israel)
    Cite As
    Shmuel S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3320). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tarsi, Anita, interviewer.
    Stauber, Roni, interviewer.
    This testimony has some Hebrew and Yiddish.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 12 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Soviet occupation.
    Mass killings.
    Aid by non-Jews.

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