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Julius C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2403) interviewed by Sharon Nichols

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2403

Videotape testimony of Julius C., who was born in Katowice, Poland in 1929. He recounts his father was Jewish and his mother Catholic; his father's family's disownment, although his grandmother visited them occasionally; his father not attending medical school due to antisemitism (he became a university professor); fleeing during German invasion; separation from his father; reunion six months later; his father obtaining false documents; visiting the Kraków ghetto with his father; his father's mother living with them; their escape during a raid (his grandmother was caught); placement in a monastery by himself for almost four years; his father's death in 1942; being tutored by Jesuits who were in hiding; reunion with his mother and brother after the war; visiting Germany with a friend; their elation at the destruction; beating Germans; returning to Poland; joining a black market gang for nine months; completing medical school in 1955; defecting during a fellowship to England in 1959; assistance from HIAS when emigrating to the United States; and his brother's inability to travel because of his defection. Dr. C. discusses his anger after the war; surviving due to luck; learning about the death camps in the monastery; and wishing to forget his time there.

Author/Creator
C., Julius, 1929-
Published
Auburn, Me. : Holocaust Human Rights Center of Maine, 1992
Interview Date
November 16, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Julius C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2403). 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/4287439
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:37:00
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