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Eric N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2280) interviewed by Janice Gordon and Claire Schuschny

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2280

Videotape testimony of Eric N., who was born in Vienna, Austria in 1924, an only child. He recalls not understanding why he had to change schools after the Anschluss; his family's illegal emigration to Brussels; extended family following; fleeing to Arras, France during German invasion in 1940; arrest by the French due to their German accents; release by the Germans; returning to Brussels; deportation with his parents to Malines in August 1942, then eastward; removal from the train of men aged eighteen to forty-five, including him and his father (they never saw his mother again); slave labor in Laurahütte; a German civilian worker bringing him extra food; transfer to Blechhammer in 1943; public hangings; a death march to Gross-Rosen in January 1945, then train transfer to Buchenwald; his father's death on February 14; hospitalization; liberation by United States troops; repatriation to Brussels; reunion with his grandmother; emigration with her to the United States in November 1946 to join an uncle; and marriage to a camp survivor. Mr. N. discusses never crying in camps; surviving by living one day at a time; denying his Jewishness for a long time; he and his wife pretending "it never happened"; and a flashback to a camp experience while in Frankfurt in the 1970s.

Author/Creator
N., Eric, 1924-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1991
Interview Date
November 1, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Eric N.Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2280). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.