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Victor C. Holocaust testimony (HVT-192) interviewed by Laurel Vlock

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-192

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.

Author/Creator
C., Victor, 1914-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1983
Interview Date
February 11, 1983 and February 25, 1983.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/801236
Record last modified: 2014-05-01 09:43:00
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