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Elias S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4335) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4335

Videotape testimony of Elias S., who was born in Petrova, Romania in 1930, the oldest of six children. He recounts the family move to Strîmtura; attending public school; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced labor; German invasion in spring 1944; ghettoization in another town for a few weeks; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his mother and younger siblings (he never saw them again); transfer with his father to Buchenwald a few days later; separation from his father when he was transferred to Dora, then Nordhausen; slave labor with his cousin constructing underground tunnels; a public hanging; privileged work in the kitchen; sharing “stolen” food with friends; unloading corpses from freight cars; train transfer to Bergen-Belsen; assistance from friends; liberation by British troops; prisoners killing German guards; hospitalization in Celle; transfer to Helsingborg via Lübeck; placement in an orphanage; learning his father had survived; emigration to the United States in 1948 with assistance from HIAS; military draft; and marriage in 1958. Mr. S. discusses not sharing his story, even with his children, until they were grown; and reunion with his father in Canada. He shows photographs, his only memory of his siblings.

S., Elias, 1930-
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 2005
Interview Date
June 22, 2005.
Petrova (Romania)
Strîmtura (Maramureș, Romania)
Celle (Germany)
Lübeck (Germany)
Helsingborg (Sweden)
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elias S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4335). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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