Elias S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4335) interviewed by Dana L. Kline and Susan Millen
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 2005
- Interview Date
- June 22, 2005.
- 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.
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.