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Emma S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-52) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-52

Videotape testimony of Emma S., a singer who was born in Russia, emigrated to the United States in infancy, and at the time of her interviews lived in both Israel and the United States. She tells of her musical education and training and the beginning of her career. She details her motivation for joining a cultural delegation sponsored by the World Jewish Congress which toured displaced persons camps in Europe in 1946. She recalls the devastation she encountered upon arrival; the vitality of the survivors in the more than fifty camps where she sang, including Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Landsberg, and a children's camp; and their responses to her music. Mrs. S. also sings and describes the songs which she sang at that time, including some which were composed in the ghettos and camps. She tells of relatives who were lost in the Holocaust; a 1961 visit to Poland to give concerts for the remaining Jews; her later career in Jerusalem and the United States; and her pride in her Jewishness.

Author/Creator
S., Emma.
Published
New York, N.Y. and Jerusalem, Israel : Holocaust Survivors Film Project and Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
Interview Date
July 17, 1980 and November 17, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Emma S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-52). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.