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Emil S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3472) interviewed by Jenny Loebel

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3472

Videotape testimony of Emil S., who was born in Zagreb, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy(presently Croatia) in approximately 1917, one of five children. He recounts his father's medical practice; his mother's death in 1926; his bar mitzvah; attending university; joining Hashomer Hatzair in 1933, then Akiva in 1935; expulsion from university due to anti-Jewish laws; working for Shalom Freiberger, chief rabbi of Zagreb; contacts with Zagreb's Archbishop Alojzije Stepinac, who saved many Jews; visiting Palestine in 1939; marriage in 1941; his daughter's birth in 1942; receiving false papers from a non-Jewish friend; round-up with his wife, child, and father in August 1942; release; hiding; illegally entering Hungary; living in Budapest; obtaining papers in Szeged; contact with members of the Zionist movement; German occupation; meeting Rudolf Kasztner and Joel Brand; relinquishing his spot on a Kasztner transport; his father's and wife's arrest; their release with assistance from the Croatian ambassador, a family friend; traveling to Cluj in August; bribing guards to enter Romania; and traveling to Palestine via Bucharest, Giurgiu, Stara Zagora, Svilengrad, Istanbul, and Beirut. Mr. S. discusses rescue assistance from Zionist organizations and many individuals; his positive opinion of Rudolf Kasztner; and the importance of luck to his and his family's survival. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Emil, 1917?-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
August 14, 1992.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Emil S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3472). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.