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Fred D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-406) interviewed by Florabel Kinsler and Ora Band,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-406

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    Videotape testimony of Fred D., who was born in Gelsenkirchen, Germany in 1924. He describes growing up in a religious environment; hiding with his family during Kristallnacht, when a German friend dissuaded others from harming them; his family's unsuccessful attempts to emigrate (an older brother emigrated to Palestine); arrest with his father and brother on September 9, 1939; deportation to Sachsenhausen after a few weeks in a local jail; slave labor and harsh conditions; separation from his father upon their transfer to Auschwitz in 1942 (they never saw him again); selection for work in the I. G. Farben factory at Buna-Monowitz; his brother's activities in the camp underground, subsequent denouncement, and public hanging; and escaping during the death march from Auschwitz. Mr. D. recounts returning to Gelsenkirchen; learning that his family had not survived; and emigrating to Palestine. He discusses the solidarity of former Zionist youths in the camps who helped morale, including his own.
    D., Fred, 1924-2004.
    Los Angeles, Calif. : UCLA Holocaust Documentation Archives, 1983
    Interview Date
    March 5, 1983.
    Gelsenkirchen (Germany)
    Cite As
    Fred D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-406). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Kinsler, Florabel, interviewer.
    Band, Ora, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 30 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Crystal Night, 1938.
    Concentration camps Underground movements.
    Mutual aid.
    Postwar experiences.
    Aid by non-Jews.

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