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Charles T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2864) interviewed by Beatrice Harrison and Fred Burko

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2864

Videotape testimony of Charles T., who was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia in 1927. He tells of his mother's United States citizenship (she was born in Chicago); his family's affluence; attending a Jewish gymnasium; vacationing in Italy in summer 1938; traveling to Switzerland prior to returning home in October; his mother traveling to the U.S. on citizenship matters; German occupation; his father's and uncle's arrest in April; he and his younger brother living with relatives; spending seven months on a Zionist training farm; learning his father and uncle were in Dachau; an uncle in the U.S. asking Italo Balbo to intervene for them; Balbo's death; his uncle writing to Mussolini asking for Balbo's final wish to be granted (he shows a copy of Balbo's letter and his photograph); permission for them all to leave; joining their parents in Switzerland; traveling to Lisbon, then by ship to the U.S.; and serving in the U.S. Navy at the end of the war (after he had become a citizen). Mr. T. discusses many relatives who survived by leaving Europe and those who remained and perished, including his uncle in Dachau.

Author/Creator
T., Charles, 1927-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1994
Interview Date
March 17, 1994.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Charles T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2864). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.