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Jakob S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1744) interviewed by Devorah Mann

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1744

Videotape testimony of Jakob S., who was born in Radom, Poland in 1927, one of six brothers. He recounts attending public and Jewish schools; antisemitic harassment; visiting his grandfather in Jedlińsk; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; ghettoization; forced labor in a kitchen; a German soldier giving him potatoes; his father having him smuggled out of the ghetto; the ghetto's liquidation; slave labor in a munitions factory; sabotaging production; public executions; transfer to Tomaszów Mazowiecki, Auschwitz, then Vaihingen an der Enz; constructing underground airplane hangers; hospitalization; transfer to Unterriexingen; privileged work for a physician; befriending a Polish prisoner; that prisoner's murder; a death march to Dachau; train transfer to Seefeld, then Mittenwald; assistance from the Red Cross; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization; transfer to Feldafing, then Föhrenwald displaced persons camps; assistance from UNRRA; attending high school in Icking and Munich; enrolling in medical school in 1948; participation in a Jewish student organization; emigration to the United States in 1952; returning to Munich to complete medical school; emigration to the United States in 1954; marriage in 1959; and the births of two children. Mr. S. discusses thinking only of food in concentration camps and the deaths of all his immediate family. He shows photographs.

S., Jakob, 1927-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990 and 1991
Interview Date
December 19, 1990 and January 17, 1991.
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
Jedlińsk (Poland : Gmina)
Tomaszów Mazowiecki (Poland)
Seefeld in Tirol (Austria)
Mittenwald (Germany)
Icking (Germany)
Munich (Germany)
3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Jakob S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1744). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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