Eric N. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2280) interviewed by Janice Gordon and Claire Schuschny
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1991
- Interview Date
- November 1, 1991.
- 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.
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.