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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3769

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    Overview

    Summary
    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.
    Locale
    Italy
    Gallarate (Italy)
    Pitigliano (Grosseto, Italy)
    Milan (Italy)
    Ancona (Italy)
    Cite As
    Italo S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3769). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Cohen, Frances Proctor, interviewer.
    Kline, Dana L., interviewer.
    Notes
    Additional puslished material is available in the repository.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 39 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Hiding.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4320352
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:58:00
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