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Lou S. and Barry B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1769) interviewed by Toby Blum-Dobkin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1769

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.

S., Lou, 1925-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
Interview Date
February 21, 1991.
Khust (Ukraine)
Budapest (Hungary)
Plzeň (Czech Republic)
Prague (Czech Republic)
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.
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