Lou S. and Barry B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1769) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- February 21, 1991.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Lou S. and Barry B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1769). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Lou S. and Barry B., who were both born in Khust, Czechoslovakia in 1925. Mr. S., one of seven children, recalls Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; a tailoring apprenticeship; working in Budapest; German invasion; returning home; ghettoization in April 1944; deportation with his family to Auschwitz; separation from his mother (he never saw her again); remaining with his father, brother, uncle, and cousin; seeing a sister for the last time; transfer to Warsaw in May 1944; a privileged assignment in the laundry; trading goods recovered in the ghetto rubble with Polish workers for food; a death march and train transport to Dachau in August 1944; transfer to Landsberg, Feldafing, then Mühldorf; assistance from an Austrian supervisor; transfer to Mittergars; helping his father and brother; his brother's transfer to Buchenwald (he never saw him again); his father's death in February; hospitalization in Mühldorf; liberation by United States troops in May; returning home in September via Plzeň and Prague; moving to Czechoslovakia; marriage in January 1946; and emigration to Israel in 1948, then the United States in October 1953. He discusses a recent visit to Khust with his wife.
Mr. B. describes attending school with Lou S.; working in Budapest in 1943; German occupation; returning home; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation with his father from the rest of his family (he never saw them again); transfer to Warsaw; slave labor; visiting with Lou S. at night; a death march and train transport to Dachau in August; hospitalization; learning his father had died; assistance from a Dutch nurse; transfer to Allach, Rīga, then Mittergars; reunion with Lou S.; liberation by United States troops during evacuation; returning to Khust; reunion with Lou S., who was engaged to his second cousin; moving to a displaced persons camp in Munich; searching vainly for relatives; working for UNRRA; and emigration to the United States in 1949.