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Abram C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4064) interviewed by Yannis Thanassekos and Michel Rosenfeldt

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4064

Videotape testimony of Abraham C., who was born in Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland in 1922, the oldest of four children. He recounts moving to Będzin when he was eleven; his father's privileges and high status due to heroic service in the Polish military; attending Jewish and public schools; antisemitic harassment; participation in Betar; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; slave labor assignments; deportation to Kleinmangersdorf in fall 1940; slave labor building roads; transfer nine months later to Gross Sarne; privileged work in the kitchen; transfer to Blechammer; privileged work assisting an architect; hospitalization; transfer to a hospital in Sosnowiec; escaping; returning home; his family hiding him; surrendering at his father's suggestion so hostages would not killed; deportation to Annaberg; sorting belongings of deported Jews; trading a watch for food; slave labor in a factory; learning his brother was in Neukirch; trading places with someone to join him; doing his brother's work since he had severe frostbite; their transfer to Markstädt; his brother's hospitalization and deportation (he never saw him again); severe depression and emotional problems after the loss of his brother; slave labor for Schallhorn AG; transfer to Gross-Rosen; a Russian prisoner stealing his shoes, then returning them when he did not report the theft, thus saving his life; the Russian providing him with extra food and assistance; transfer to Fünfteichen; hospitalization after being struck by lightning; special care by a doctor who had known his father; liberation; searching for family in Będzin, Walbrzych (Waldenburg), and Ornowo; contacting the Red Cross, hoping to find his family (none survived); visiting an aunt and uncle in Brussels; hospitalization; returning to Piotrków; and emigrating to Belgium. Mr. C. describes details of camp life: being forced to sing for officials, beatings, the image of his father giving him hope, assistance from some prisoners and mistreatment by others, and nightmares that continue to the present time. He discusses sharing his expereinces with his diaghter when she was foruteen; writing about them; continuing hostility toward Germans and Poles; and visiting Auschwitz.

Author/Creator
C., Abram, 1922-
Published
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1996
Interview Date
November 6, 1996 and May 26, 1997.
Language
French
Copies
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Abram C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4064). 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/4676860
Record last modified: 2016-11-08 13:25:00
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