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Walter S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3794)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3794

Videotape testimony of Walter S., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1919, one of three brothers. He recounts attending a public school; participating in a social democratic youth movement, then a Zionist youth group; working as a locksmith; Anschluss; illegally entering Belgium; hiding with friends; moving to a refugee camp in Mechelen to obtain legal papers; training as an agricultural worker; corresponding with his parents; receiving papers; working in Bekkevoort and elsewhere; German invasion; arrest; incarceration in Malines; deportation to Auschwitz; slave labor as a gravedigger; transfer to Birkenau, then Golleschau; slave labor in a cement factory; his friend's suicide; public hangings of escapees; transfer by train to Sachsenhausen about two years later; working in a Heinkel airplane factory; sabotaging production; Allied bombings; transfer to a munitions factory, then back to Sachsenhausen; a death march; abandonment by the guards in Schwerin; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Belgium; and emigration to Brazil in 1946, then Israel in 1968. Mr. S. discusses the deportations of his brothers, parents and many other relatives who never returned; keeping a diary of his experiences; not looking at it or discussing his experiences, wanting to erase painful memories; and nightmares if he views films or programs about the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
S., Walter, 1919-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
August 25, 1995.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Walter S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3794). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.