Ervin S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3938) interviewed by Peter Salner
- Bratislava, Slovakia : Milan Šimečka Foundation, 1996
- Interview Date
- June 13, 1996.
- 3 copies: 1/2 in. VHS master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Ervin S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3938). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Ervin S., a twin, who was born in Topol̕čany, Slovakia in 1940. He recounts that his father had been a bank executive prior to Slovak anti-Jewish laws; his maternal grandfather supporting them; riding scooters with his twin brother; round-up by Germans on September 5, 1944, his worst memory seeing his father frightened and vulnerable; deportation to Sered; his father becoming part of the Jewish camp leadership; their transfer to Theresienstadt in December 1944; living together with his parents and brother; spending days in the Kinderheim; inadequate food and sanitation; he and his brother gathering wood for fuel during very cold weather; Red Cross visits; liberation by Soviet troops, return to Bratislava, then Topol̕čany; a violent pogrom during which his father was seriously injured; moving to Bratislava; and attending school. Mr. S. discusses permanent emotional scars and shows many photographs and documents.