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Itzchak S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3489) interviewed by Nathan Beyrak

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3489

Videotape testimony of Itzchak S., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1915. He recounts his father's military service in World War I; attending public and Jewish schools; bar mitzvah; participating in Jewish and Zionist youth groups; antisemitic harassment; traveling to Amsterdam; his mother joining him; founding a Zionist youth group; returning to Berlin to obtain a certificate to emigrate to Palestine (his mother remained); establishing a Youth Aliyah center in Cologne; improvements during the 1936 Olympics; teaching at a Jewish school in Herrlingen; returning to Berlin; obtaining false papers as a non-Jew; working at a Youth Aliyah school with Recha Freier, its founder; vain attempts to convince his parents to leave; hiding during Kristallnacht; organizing clandestine meetings and religious services; his mother's disappearance from the Netherlands and his father's deportation (he never saw them again); living on the streets and with many non-Jews for short periods; a brief trip to Nordhausen; obtaining new false papers from a German officer when his were compromised; being warned to leave; traveling to Singen, then Radolfzell; illegally entering Switzerland; traveling to Schaffhausen; arrest; release with assistance from the Jewish community; living in a refugee camp in Zurich; and emigration to Israel in 1953. Mr. S. discusses visiting Berlin with a fellow underground member in 1979; a reunion of hidden Jews from Berlin; and speaking to students in Germany. He sings Zionist songs and shows documents.

S., Itzchak, 1915-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1992
Interview Date
October 9, 1992.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Itzchak S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3489). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.