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Ennio O. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4285) interviewed by Jean-Marie De Becker and Guiseppe Balzano,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4285

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    Summary
    Videotape testimony of Ennio O., a non-Jew, who was born in Italy in 1924. He recounts that his father fled to the United States immediately prior to his birth due to his anti-fascist activities; his return in 1928; living in Genoa; meetings of anti-fascists in their home; fascists burning his father's store; working in a factory to support his family; arrest for not reporting for weekly pre-military service; military draft; training in Genoa; German invasion; joining the Resistance; moving to Alessandria, then a mountain village; fighting Germans with the Resistance; being wounded and captured; interrogation in Voltaggio; execution of eight fellow prisoners; hospitalization; transfer to another prison; a German soldier allowing him to escape; returning, fearing reprisals against his fellow prisoners; deportation to Mauthausen in April 1944; slave labor in the quarry; transfer to Gusen; digging a tunnel at Sankt Georgen; an SS guard beating him; hospitalization; the doctor helping him remain longer to heal; slave labor in an airplane factory; sharing extra bread with fellow prisoners; sabotaging production; liberation by United States troops; working for the U.S. military; and repatriation in June. Mr. O. discusses the importance of hope and luck to his survival; persistent painful memories; not sharing his experiences; establishing a group for former Resistance members; and becoming a semi-professional cyclist.
    Author/Creator
    O., Ennio, 1924-
    Published
    Brussels, Belgium : Fondation Auschwitz, 2001
    Interview Date
    December 7, 2001.
    Locale
    Italy
    Genoa (Italy)
    Alessandria (Italy : Province)
    Voltaggio (Italy)
    Cite As
    Ennio O. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4285). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    De Becker, Jean-Marie, interviewer.
    Balzano, Guiseppe, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony is in French.

    Physical Details

    Language
    French
    Copies
    2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (3 hr., 6 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Resistance.
    Hiding.
    Mutual aid.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/6572473
    Record last modified:
    2018-06-04 13:28:00
    This page:
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