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Itzcak D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3749)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3749

Videotape testimony of Itzcak D., who was born in Corfu, Greece in 1929, one of four children. He recounts his family's poverty; speaking Italian at home; his older brother's death; attending Greek and Hebrew school; visiting Athens with his father; benign Italian occupation in 1941; German invasion; fleeing briefly to Kamára; round-up of all Jews; their ship transfer to Lefkáda, Patrai, then Piraeus; imprisonment; transport by cattle cars from Athens to Birkenau; singing for extra food; a beating for smuggling food to his father; slave labor; public hangings; observing cannibalism; transfer to Myslowice (Fürstengrube); a friend from Corfu assisting him; assignment to the garbage detail where he found food and cigarette butts; being bitten by a guard dog; transfer in open box cars, then a death march to Dora; an Italian doctor operating on his leg; hospitalization; assignment to a block of Italian prisoners where conditions were better; transfer to Bergen-Belsen; liberation by British troops; Russian prisoners attacking Germans (he wanted to but was too weak); assistance from the Red Cross; transfer to Celle, then Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camps; transfer to Belgium; returning home; reunion with an aunt and cousin who had been hidden; fighting with antisemitic Greeks; assistance from the Joint; living on a hachsharah; illegal emigration to Palestine by boat; interdiction by the British; transfer to ʻAtlit; enlisting in the navy; and marriage in 1951. Mr. D. notes that only three relatives of over one hundred survived the Holocaust. He shows photographs, drawings, memorabilia, and sings songs from the camps.

D., Itzcak, 1929-
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
April 16, 1995 and April 17, 1995.
Corfu Island (Greece)
Athens (Greece)
Kamára (Greece)
Leukas (Greece)
Patra (Greece)
Piraeus (Greece)
ʻAtlit (Israel)
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Itzcak D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3749). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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