Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research

Login

Register

Help

Skip to main content

Italo S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3769) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3769

Videotape testimony of Italo S., who was born in Gallarate, Italy in 1922. He recounts his family's deep roots in Pitigliano (he had his bar mitzvah there); complete absence of antisemitism prior to 1938; anti-Jewish laws resulting in his expulsion from school; attending a Jewish high school in Milan; studying with Nathan Cassuto; attending a Jewish community-organized university in 1941; draft into labor service in October 1942; being sent to a farm; a manager allowing him to return to school in Milan (he commuted from Gallarate); Allied bombing of Milan; being warned by non-Jews to leave in September, 1943; train travel with his family to Ancona to find his brother's friend; being denied shelter in a basilica; his brother's Catholic client finding an apartment for them; living under his protection for nine months (he was a fascist leader); vouching for him after the Allies arrived; returning to Gallarate in spring 1945; finishing his studies in Milan; attending MIT; receiving his Ph.D. in 1951; and marriage to an American woman. Mr. S. discusses restoration of the synagogue in Pitigliano with funds left by his brother, and Italian Jewish cultural uniqueness. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
S., Italo, 1922-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1998
Interview Date
August 11, 1998.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Italo S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3769). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Expand all
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4320352
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
This page: https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/hvt4320352