Eugene D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-458) interviewed by Lissa Keller
- Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
- Interview Date
- December 17, 1984.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Eugene D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-458). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Eugene D., who was born in Satu Mare, Romania in approximately 1930, one of seven children. He recounts his orthodox family's poverty; Hungarian occupation in 1940; antisemitic harassment by a teacher; ghettoization; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his parents and some siblings (he never saw them again); remaining with two older brothers; separation from his brothers when he was transferred to Płaszów about a week later; a rabbi being killed because he would not give up his tallit and tefillin; transfer to Gross-Rosen, then Gleiwitz; a privileged position as a German doctor's assistant; receiving extra food from him; the doctor arranging his assignment to the kitchen three months later when he was transferred; a beating for giving food to other prisoners; reassignment to a tank factory; assistance from German civilian workers; fasting and prayer on Yom Kippur; a death march in spring 1945; return to Gleiwitz; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home; brief hospitalization; living in an orphanage; marriage; and emigration to the United States. Mr. D. discusses the importance to his survival of hoping to see his family again; profound loneliness as the only survivor of his family; and his sense of being "broken."