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Michael S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1749) interviewed by Devorah Mann,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1749

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    Videotape testimony of Michael S., who was born in the outskirts of Czernowitz, Romania (presently Chernivt︠s︡ii, Ukraine) in 1931, one of six children. He recalls attending public school and cheder; Soviet occupation in 1940; attending a Russian school; German and Romanian invasion in June 1941; round-up to a school; a forced march via Luzhany, Bershadʹ, and Berezne to Mohyliv; killings and deaths from starvation and exposure en route; joining relatives in the Bershadʹ ghetto; his uncle's and parents' deaths in 1942; assistance from the Joint; his bar mitzvah; transfer with his brother and other Jewish children to orphanages in Balta, then Yarovoye; an appendectomy; kind treatment by the orphanage staff and local Jews; liberation by Soviet troops; repatriation with his brother; reunion with all his siblings; separating to flee the communist government; traveling to Bucharest with his sister; illegal emigration from Burgas to Palestine in September 1947; interdiction by the British; brief internment on Cyprus, then ʻAtlit in December 1947; arrival of five siblings (one sister had emigrated to the United States); military service in 1952; emigration to the United States in 1959 to join his sister; marriage; and his son's birth. Mr. S. discusses details of prewar life and the hardships he endured; persistent nightmares; and sharing his experiences with his son. He shows photographs.
    S., Michael, 1931-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
    Interview Date
    January 6, 1991.
    Chernivt︠s︡i (Ukraine)
    Luz︠h︡any (Ukraine)
    Bershadʹ (Ukraine)
    Berezne (Ukraine)
    Mohyliv-Podilʹsʹkyĭ (Ukraine)
    Balta (Ukraine)
    Yarovoye (Ukraine)
    Bucharest (Romania)
    Burgas (Bulgaria)
    ʻAtlit (Israel)
    Cite As
    Michael S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1749). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Mann, Devorah, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 53 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Soviet occupation.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.
    Survivor-child relations.

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