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Mathilde C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4013) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Michel Rosenfeldt,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4013

Videotape testimony of Mathilde C., who was born in Rhodes (then Italy) in 1927. She recalls learning fascist ideology; her sister's emigration to the Congo in 1939; many other Jews leaving; deportation with her family by boat to Piraeus, then by train from Athens to Auschwitz/Birkenau; separation from her family; the shock of learning of the gassings; occasionally seeing her brother; difficulties with veteran prisoners and communication (they did not speak Yiddish); learning her brother had been killed; transfers to Landsberg, Kaufering, and Bergen-Belsen; slave labor; liberation by British troops; poor treatment by the British; assistance from Italian POWs; living in Celle; transport to Rome; assistance from a Rhodian family; living in the Belgian Congo; and moving to Belgium in 1961 when tensions increased. Ms. C. discusses reluctance to share her experiences, even with her children; solidarity with other Rhodians in concentration camp; nightmares; and recently visiting Auschwitz.

Author/Creator
C., Mathilde, 1927-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1995
Interview Date
September 25, 1995.
Locale
Italy
Rhodes (Greece : Island)
Piraeus (Greece)
Athens (Greece)
Celle (Germany)
Rome (Italy)
Congo (Democratic Republic)
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Mathilde C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4013). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.