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Jacques S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3731) interviewed by Stefanie Brauer and Eva Lezzi,

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    Videotape testimony of Jacques S., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1913. He recalls training as a violinist; completing engineering studies in Marseille, Paris, and Bordeaux; military service; discharge; working as a government engineer; Italian invasion in fall 1940; six months of front-line service with his brother; German occupation of Thessalonikē; military colleagues offering to hide him; refusing in order to return to his family; marriage; deportation to Birkenau with his and his wife's families in May 1943 (his wife was eight months pregnant); remaining with his brother (he never saw his wife or parents again); assignment as a violinist in the orchestra and as an engineer; sharing extra food with his brother; occasionally seeing his sisters; receiving food from a non-Jewish Polish prisoner; transfer to Auschwitz after thirty days (he never saw his brother again); his German civilian supervisor saving many Jews; transfer to Mauthausen, then Gusen in January 1945; liberation by United States troops in May; living in France; marriage to a Greek survivor; and emigration to Israel with their children twenty years later. Mr. S. discusses his book; lecturing about his experiences, especially in Germany; never feeling "free" from Auschwitz; and attributing his survival to luck. He shows photographs and documents and plays the violin.
    S., Jacques, 1913-
    Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1996
    Interview Date
    September 6, 1996.
    Thessalonikē (Greece)
    Marseille (France)
    Paris (France)
    Bordeaux (Aquitaine, France)
    Cite As
    Jacques S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3731). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Bräuer, Stefanie, interviewer.
    Lezzi, Eva, interviewer.
    This testimony is in German with some French.
    Related pubication: 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.
    Associated material: Jacques S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3243), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (5 hr.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

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