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Daniel C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3805) interviewed by Anita Tarsi

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3805

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.

Author/Creator
C., Daniel, 1932?-
Published
Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1995
Interview Date
October 27, and November 3 and 10, 1995.
Language
Hebrew
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4383559
Record last modified: 2016-11-08 13:07:00
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