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Albert D., Chaïm D., and Henri D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2666) interviewed by Dorit Welt and Régine Waintrater

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2666

Videotape testimony of brothers Albert D., Chaïm D., and Henri D. who were born in Kozienice, Poland, in 1917, 1919, and 1923, respectively, to a family of five children. They recall their family's orthodoxy; participating in Betar; antisemitism in school; German invasion; briefly fleeing to a nearby village; hiding during round-ups for forced labor; ghettoization; Chaïm's and their father's transfer to work in Pionki; their father's return; Chaïm's marriage to Pola D.; Albert's and Henri's deportation to Pionki concentration camp (they never saw their parents and younger sister again); slave labor in a munitions factory; Pola's privileged position which provided them with extra food; trading with Polish workers; transfer to Auschwitz/Birkenau in summer 1944, then three days later to Buna/Monowitz with Pola's father and brother; slave labor for I. G. Farben; Pola's father's death in the hospital; secretly saying Kaddish for him; helping each other on the death march to Gleiwitz in January 1945; transport in open freight cars to Buchenwald; Czechs throwing them food from overpasses; clearing bombing rubble in Weimar; Chaïm's hospitalization; liberation by United States troops; transfer to France as orphans because Henri had registered as under eighteen; and Albert's marriage to Pola's sister Régine. They discuss details of prewar, ghetto, and camp life; their older sister's survival in hiding; the importance of remaining together to their survival; and their individual opinions on surviving due to luck, miracles, and the desire to see relatives. They show photographs, artifacts, and sing their mother's Yiddish songs.

Author/Creator
D., Albert, 1917-
Published
Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
Interview Date
June 19, 1993.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Albert D., Chaïm D., and Henri D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2666). 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/4288523
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:38:00
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