Sidney S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-580) interviewed by Norman Blumenthal and Miriam Forman
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
- Interview Date
- May 5, 1985.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Sidney S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-580). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Sidney S., who was born in Dolgoye, Ukraine in 1915. He details Jewish life in the Carpathian region, including extreme orthodoxy and poverty; his attendance at yeshiva and gymnasium in Beregovo; medical school in Brno from 1936 to 1939; and Jewish communal life and institutions in Brno. Mr. S. recalls sudden German occupation; Hitler's visit to Brno; unsuccessful efforts to emigrate; returning to Dolgoye, which was occupied by Hungary; increasing anti-Jewish measures; fleeing to Budapest to avoid forced labor in Hungarian army battalions; and his eventual draft into such a battalion. He describes brutal treatment and torture by the Hungarian soldiers who supervised them; working in Kiev, Rostov, Pinsk, and Stanislav; returning to Dolgoye; and deportation to Auschwitz. He explains that he had no idea what Auschwitz was or he might have tried to escape, and his belief that luck and his strong will to live contributed to his survival. Mr. S. shows family photographs, documents, and his picture in the book The Auschwitz Album.