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

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-596

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)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irving S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-596). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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