Victor C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-192) interviewed by Laurel Vlock
- New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
- Interview Date
- February 11, 1983 and February 25, 1983.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Victor C. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-192). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Victor C. (accompanied by his daughter Belinda) who was born in Strzemieszyce Wielke, Poland in 1914. He relates his father's death; the family's move to Sosnowiec; extreme poverty; his mother's efforts to raise and educate four sons; studying in Kraków; being drafted into the Polish army in 1939; being taken as a prisoner-of-war; and his escape. He describes returning to Strzemieszyce; his marriage; the birth of his child; ghetto conditions and organization; transfer with his family to Będzin; forced labor; transfers to many camps; the variety of conditions and organizational structures within the camps; finding his brother in Markstädt; transfer to Gross Rosen; the agonizing memory of leaving his dying brother; evacuation to Flossenbürg, then to Buchenwald; the Buchenwald to Dachau death march and his escape; aid by foreign workers and peasants; and hospitalization by the American army. Mr. C. recalls learning of the deaths of his wife and child; organizing displaced persons in Bavaria after his recovery; assisting in the illegal immigration to Palestine; and his emigration to the United States. In this unusually detailed and vivid testimony Mr. C. reflects upon the Holocaust; media portrayal of it; and the history and destiny of the Jewish people.