SynopsisJack S. was born in Čierna nad Tisou, Slovakia on November 28, 1922. He describes his family and their religious life. He describes the Jewish community. He recalls his education and attending yeshiva. He describes occupation and increased antisemitism. He describes how Hungarian gendarmes fatally beat his father. He describes escaping a roundup with a nephew. He recalls their journey by foot into Czechoslovakia and separation. Jack describes travelling home then to Košice. He describes receiving false papers and working in a stable. He describes being recognized by a gentile from his village and his arrest. He recounts his deportation to Auschwitz and conditions on the train. He describes his work duties collecting the dead. He describes his transfer to Mauthausen then Schachendorf camp. He recalls being hospitalized and receiving protection from a doctor. He describes receiving help from other prisoners. Jack describes liberation by Soviet troops. He recounts travelling to Budapest and reuniting with a brother. He discusses smuggling people out of the Russian occupied zone. He describes immigration to Canada. He discusses his faith and Jewish identity. Jack shows photographs.
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NoteTestimony simultaneously recorded on both video and audio cassette.