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Moshe S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3876)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3876

Videotape testimony of Moshe S., a twin, who was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1929. He recounts his mother's dental practice; his family's affluence; attending a Hebrew school; summering in Kulautuva; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; Soviet occupation; compulsory membership in Komsomol; German invasion in June 1941; ghettoization; round-up of his father, uncle, and grandmother (they never saw them again); working as a carpenter and handyman; his mother hiding him and his twin brother during round-ups; his and his mother's assignments to factory slave labor; his mother treating patients; their deportation to Stutthof, where the women left the train, including his mother; continuing to Dachau with his twin, uncle, and cousin; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau ten days later; slave labor collecting corpses; a death march to Althammer; separation from his twin en route to Mauthausen (he never saw him again); assignment to the tent barrack; observing cannibalism; transfer to Gunskirchen; receiving Red Cross packages; liberation by United States troops; hospitalization in Wels; traveling with the Jewish brigade to Santa Maria di Leuca, then Naples; living in a Deror group; legal emigration to Palestine in 1945; military enlistment in 1948; his twenty-eight-year career as an army engineer; and reunion with his mother when she emigrated to Israel in 1956. Mr. S. reads from a book in which the author describes meeting him in Italy.

S., Moshe, 1929-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
December 5 and December 12, 1996.
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Kulautuva (Lithuania)
Wels (Austria)
Santa Maria di Leuca, Cape (Italy)
Naples (Italy)
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Moshe S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3876). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.