Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Nunzio V. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4201) interviewed by Michel Rosenfeldt and Massimo Ianetta

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4201

Videotape testimony of Nunzio V., a Catholic, who was born in Serradifico, Italy in 1924, one of eight brothers. He recounts his father's service in World War I; one brother fighting in Ethiopia; learning fascist doctrine in school; military draft in 1943; serving in Cervignano del Friuli, then Pula; military training; Italian capitulation; German occupation; choosing to be a prisoner of war, rather than collaborate with the Germans; transfer by ship to Venice; deportation to a camp in Austria; digging pits to bury the dead; transfer to Graz; forced labor performing various jobs; locals giving them food; being arrested for trading with civilians; interrogation by the Gestapo; imprisonment; allied bombings; forced labor in a tank factory; being sent to another camp; emaciated, dying prisoners; abandonment by German guards; traveling with other former prisoners to Villach, Klagenfurt, then Tarvisio; assistance from partisans; traveling to Udine; hospitalization in Forli; traveling to Naples; returning home; reunion with his family; moving to Rome; joining a brother in Brussels; and marriage in 1954. Mr. V. notes people in his village not believing his stories from the camps, and suffering from nightmares. He shows photographs and documents.

V., Nunzio, 1924-
Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 1999
Interview Date
February 24 and February 25, 1999.
2 copies: Betacam SP master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Nunzio V. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4201). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.