Reverend John S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-216) interviewed by Dana L. Kline
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
- Interview Date
- July 19, 1983.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Reverend John S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-216). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Reverend John S., a Jesuit priest who was born in Košice, Czechoslovakia, in 1922. Rev. S. describes his good relations with his many Jewish neighbors; serving as a 'Shabbos goy' as a child; life in Košice under Hungarian, Czech, and German rule and the corresponding shifts in attitudes towards Jews; his three year seclusion in a monastery in Budapest; his return to Košice (where he hid a group of non-Jewish partisans who were slated for deportation); and his feeling that sympathetic gentiles were unprepared to deal with the evil of the Holocaust. Rev. S. also describes an incident in which he witnessed a group of Jews being deported in cattle-cars and the brutal beating of one of those Jews; and the night that he was awakened by the sound of the weeping of those Jews awaiting deportation. In addition, Rev. S. reveals that he considers his own failure to act on behalf of the Jews to be the greatest personal tragedy of his life.