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Irving S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-596) interviewed by Frances Proctor Cohen and Lucille B. Ritvo,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-596

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    Videotape testimony of Irving S., who was born in Surawno, Austria (now U.S.S.R.) in 1907. He recounts attending cheder; his father's Austrian patriotism; fleeing to the Carpathians, Vienna, and Teplice during World War I; returning home where everything had been destroyed; attending school under Ukrainian, Polish, and Soviet auspices as governments changed; and his brother's return from Austrian Army service, having lost a leg. Mr. S. tells of living with his aunt in Teplice; activities in Zionist groups; returning home; graduation from university and law school in Kraków; legal clerkship and practice in Lwów; moving to Belgrade in 1939 for employment in his uncle's business; marriage in 1938; he and his wife obtaining U.S. visas; brief imprisonment in Leskovac; efforts to obtain transit visas from Greece, Turkey, and Iraq; incidents in the journey with his wife and aunt; ship travel from Basra to Karachi to Bombay; and arrival in the United States in 1941. He describes adjustment difficulties; the births of his children; and learning of the deaths of most of his family in Europe.
    S., Irving, 1907-
    New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
    Interview Date
    July 18, 1985.
    Z︠H︡uravno (Ukraine)
    Stryĭ (Ukraine)
    Teplice (Czech Republic)
    Kraków (Poland)
    Lʹviv (Ukraine)
    Belgrade (Serbia)
    Leskovac (Leskovac, Serbia)
    Cite As
    Irving S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-596). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Cohen, Frances Proctor, interviewer.
    Ritvo, Lucille B.,
    Associated material: Frances S. Holocaust testimony [wife] (HVT-600), Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.

    Physical Details

    3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (2 hr., 23 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Zionist organizations.

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