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Itzchak S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3790)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3790

Videotape testimony of Itzchak S., who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (presently Slovakia), in 1921, one of five children. He recounts attending Jewish and public schools; participating in Hashomer Hatzair, then Betar; increasing antisemitism in the late 1930s; working as an accountant; anti-Jewish legislation; his family's eviction; one brother's deportation to a labor camp; draft into a Jewish forced labor brigade (Sixth Battalion) in 1941; visits home and to his brother, who was incarcerated in Sered; postings to Svätý Jur, Trenčín, and Dubnitsa; twenty-one days in prison when he was caught visiting home; disbandment of the battalion in 1943; deportation with his family to Auschwitz/Birkenau; selection of his mother and sister for death; a Polish prisoner saving his father from selection; sharing food with each other; transfer to Jaworzno, then Gleiwitz; walking to Blechhammer in January 1944; hiding with the goal of remaining behind when the march left; walking to Bratislava, always toward Soviet lines, staying a few weeks in Częstochowa and Kraków; separating at times from his father and brothers, but meeting again in March 1945; one brother recuperating in a sanatorium; and their emigration to Israel. Ms. S. attributes their survival to his father and three brothers remaining together.

Author/Creator
S., Itzchak, 1921-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
July 20, 1995.
Locale
Slovakia
Czechoslovakia
Bratislava (Slovakia)
Svätý Jur (Slovakia)
Trenčín (Slovakia)
Dubnica nad Váhom (Slovakia)
Kostolná (Slovakia)
Częstochowa (Poland)
Kraków (Poland)
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Itzchak S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3790). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.