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Meir S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-258) interviewed by Norman Blumenthal and Robert Prince

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-258

Videotape testimony of Meir S., who was born in Năsăud, Romania in 1925 to a family with fourteen children. He describes his father, a biblical scribe; his very religious upbringing; moving to a small village in Hungary as a young child; German occupation, ghettoization, and transfer of all Jews to another town; his father's humiliation at having to shave his beard; and transport to Auschwitz. Mr. S. recalls the treatment of the prisoners as numbers, not humans; not knowing what happened to his family and not being able to comprehend that he was in a death camp; volunteering as a mechanic and transport to Longwy-Thil; work in an underground factory manufacturing airplane parts; transfer to another camp in Germany; work in an underground salt mine where his physical condition deteriorated quickly; trading numbers with a man and leaving camp in his place for Dachau; transfer to Allach, a subcamp of Dachau; seeing one of his brothers days before he died; and liberation in early 1945. He recalls helping to organize illegal emigration to Palestine in Italy; reunion with his youngest brother Nechemia; their emigration to Palestine; Nechemia's death in the Israeli War for Independence; and Mr. S.'s marriage to a survivor whom he met in Israel. Mr. S. discusses the importance of religious observance and the impact of the losses on himself and the Jewish people as a whole.

Author/Creator
S., Meir, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
March 11, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Meir S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-258). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/963056
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