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Elias C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-490) interviewed by Bea Stadtler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-490

Videotape testimony of Elias C., who was born in Golub-Dobrzyń, Poland (then Russia) in 1917, one of four children. He recounts attending cheder and public school; moving to Łódź in 1936; his father's death in 1938; military service beginning March 1939; assignment to artillery in Inowrocław; visiting his mother (he never saw her again); German invasion; surrender; non-Jewish, fellow POWs concealing he was Jewish from the Germans; imprisonment in Zduńska Wola; release; returning to Łódź; traveling to Kutno, looking for his sister; returning to Dobrzyń; forced evacuation; a futile attempt to cross the Soviet border; traveling to Płońsk, then another town; assistance from a Polish woman; hiding during German searches; volunteering for forced labor building roads; deportation to Działdowo; transfer three days later to the Piotrków ghetto; escaping with his wife to Warsaw, then the Mława ghetto; assistance from the Judenrat; a public hanging; hospitalization; his daughter's birth in 1942; deportation to Auschwitz; separation from his wife and daughter (he never saw them again); slave labor in Buna/Monowitz; trading clothing with a civilian worker for extra food; a death march to Gleiwitz; transfer to Mauthausen, Oranienburg, Flossenbürg and Stuttgart; slave labor in an airplane factory; a death march to Ganacker, then another death march; escaping; assistance from local Germans; liberation by United States troops; assistance from UNRRA; remarriage in 1949; and emigration to the United States. He shows photographs.

Author/Creator
C., Elias, 1917-
Published
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
September 10, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Elias C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-490). 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/4293870
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:39:00
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