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Eugene D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-458) interviewed by Lissa Keller

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-458

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."

Author/Creator
D., Eugene, 1930?-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
December 17, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
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.