Albert D., Chaïm D., and Henri D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2666) interviewed by Dorit Welt and Régine Waintrater
- Paris, France : Témoignages pour mémoire, 1993
- Interview Date
- June 19, 1993.
- 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.
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.