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Daniel C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1143) interviewed by Bob Jacobson and Susan W. Needle

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1143

Videotape testimony of Daniel C., who was born in Thessalonikē, Greece in 1913. He remembers his family of three brothers and one sister, who with his parents, perished in Auschwitz; cordial relations with non-Jews; his participation in athletics; work as a pharmacist; German occupation of Greece in 1941; and persecution of Jews beginning in 1942. Mr. C. describes deportation to Auschwitz in May 1943; horrendous conditions during the seven day trip; last seeing his parents upon leaving the box cars; working as a nurse in the hospital; losing that job and being beaten because he stole bread; work carrying corpses on stretchers; an uprising which included three of his present wife's brothers; evacuation in January 1945; the death march; transfer to Mauthausen, then Melk; and being unconscious when liberated by United States troops. He relates marriage in Athens in 1946; service in the Greek army; work for the Joint Distribution Committee; and emigration to the United States in 1951. Mr. C. discusses his 1982 trip to Salonika and Poland; saying Kaddish in Auschwitz; his feeling that he was "a dead man but is now alive;" and his physical strength and optimism which helped him survive.

Author/Creator
C., Daniel, 1913-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1989
Interview Date
January 11, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Daniel C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1143). 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/1007883
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:07:00
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