Chaim C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4186)
- Tel Aviv, Israel : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1999
- Interview Date
- November 18, 1999.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Chaim C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4186). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Chaim C., who was born in Iași, Romania in 1935. He recounts his family's affluence; his father's prominence in the Jewish community and presidency of Mizrahi; his father's arrest in 1940; hiding with his mother and older sister in his father's factory during a mass killing the following day; searching for him among the corpses on the street; his return a few days later; increased antisemitic restrictions and violence, including a public beating of his father; the remaining Jewish community caring for each other; liberation by Soviet troops; fleeing to Bucharest; emigration with his family to Israel in 1950; and being greeted in Haifa by Yosef Burg. Mr. C. discusses learning from his father after the war that he had bribed German officials to improve conditions in the Jewish community and brought orphans and others to Israel; his son's reluctance to believe his stories; and traveling to Iași with him, which revived traumatic memories.