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Eugene C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1423) interviewed by David Conn and Susan W. Needle

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1423

Videotape testimony of Eugene C., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1919. He recalls his middle class life; German invasion; ghettoization; harsh conditions; the role of the Judenrat; his job as a fireman, which afforded him some privileges and the opportunity to help others; Ḥayim Rumkowski's overseeing of public hangings; and deportation to Birkenau with his mother in August 1944. He describes their separation (he never saw her again); transfer after about ten days to Falkenberg; witnessing cannibalism by other prisoners on a transport; an unsuccessful escape effort; repairing bombing damage in Hannover; marching to Bergen-Belsen in April 1945; and liberation by British troops. Mr. C. relates living in displaced persons camps including Zeilsheim; working for the United States military; marriage in 1946; and emigration to the Unites States. He shows pictures of and discusses a recent trip to Poland.

Author/Creator
C., Eugene, 1919-
Published
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1990
Interview Date
October 17, 1990.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eugene C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1423). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.