Daniel C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3805) interviewed by Anita Tarsi
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
- Interview Date
- October 27, and November 3 and 10, 1995.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Daniel C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3805). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Daniel C., who was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in approximately 1932, the youngest of three children. He recounts his family's affluence; a non-Jewish servant who raised him; attending a Jewish school; vacationing in Kačerginė; Soviet occupation in 1940; joining the Soviet youth movement; his father's disability after a car accident; German invasion in June 1941; anti-Jewish violence; ghettoization; a German helping him hide during a round-up; deportation with his family; separation from his mother and sister en route (he never saw them again); arrival in Landsberg; privileged work for a German officer; sharing extra food with his brother and father; separation from them upon transfer to Dachau; transfer with a group of children to Auschwitz/Birkenau; slave labor gathering and transporting possessions of arriving prisoners; hospitalization; a Red Cross visit; a death march to Althammer, then train transfer to Mauthausen; observing cannibalism; a march to Gunskirchen; escaping; liberation by United States troops; traveling with the Jewish Brigade to Treviso; placement in a refugee camp in Bologna; reunion with his brother; traveling to Modena, then Tradate; recuperating from his illnesses in a sanatorium; assistance from UNRRA; illegal emigration with his brother by ship to Palestine in summer 1946; interdiction by the British; brief incarceration; marriage; and the births of his children. Mr. C. discusses details of camp life; emotional and physical problems resulting from his experiences; kindnesses by Italians during the year he was there; briefly living in the United States; visiting European sites where he had lived and been incarcerated; and meeting his childhood caregiver's daughter. He names many people who were part of his life and shows photographs and documents.