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Stefan S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3929)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3929

Videotape testimony of Stefan S., who was born in Košice, Austro-Hungarian Monarchy (presently Slovakia) in 1916, one of two brothers. He recalls that his father was chief medical doctor of a large hospital; cordial relations with non-Jews; attending a Slovak high school; starting medical school in Prague in 1934; returning to Košice when the Hungarian occupation occurred; completing medical school in Zurich in 1940; working in a clinic in Budapest, then as a physician in Košice; his and his family's conversion to Christianity in 1942 by an evangelical priest, his father's friend, in the hope of saving themselves; deciding to escape despite his physician's exemption from deportation; he and his Serbian girlfriend (they later married) obtaining false papers from a colleague; traveling by himself to Budapest, then Subotica, where he reunited with his girlfriend; traveling to Sombor, then Petrovaradin; working for a veterinarian; moving to Novi Sad which had been liberated by partisans; working as a surgeon treating wounded soldiers; inadequate equipment and supplies; obtaining permission in Belgrade to return to Košice after the war; his son's birth twenty days after their arrival; learning his parents had been deported to Auschwitz and did not survive; reunion with his brother, who had hidden in Budapest; and his distinguished military and medical career. Dr. S. discusses the carnage and horror he witnessed and his sorrow that the people of Yugoslavia had to repeat this experience.

S., Stefan, 1916-
Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1995
Interview Date
November 11, 1995.
Košice (Slovakia)
Prague (Czech Republic)
Zurich (Switzerland)
Budapest (Hungary)
Subotica (Subotica, Serbia)
Sombor (Serbia)
Petrovaradin (Serbia)
Novi Sad (Serbia)
Belgrade (Serbia)
3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS submaster; Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Stefan S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3929). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.