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Oral history interview with Cvetko Kobal

Oral History | Accession Number: 2007.504.4.20 | RG Number: RG-50.592.0020

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Cvetko Kobal, born in 1921 in Skofija Loka, discusses his involvement in the resistance movement; his arrest by the Gestapo in January 1942; his incarceration in Begunje; being tortured by German guards; his transfer to Auschwitz; brutal treatment of prisoners by German, Polish, and Romani kapos; his work clearing the yard of dead bodies; physical abuse while working on the sewage team; the hanging of Polish prisoners in the main square at roll call; Jewish prisoners in the camp; the frequent arrival of prisoner transports at night; the gassing of prisoners upon arrival; his transfer by cattle wagon to Mauthausen; being marched to Gusen concentration camp; working in a quarry; carrying dead bodies from the barracks to roll call; witnessing Jewish kapos kill Jewish prisoners in October 1943; widespread death as a result of starvation; the killing of sick prisoners by camp hospital staff; working on the construction of barracks for Russians prisoners; his transfer to a camp in Linz; and escaping the camp and joining the partisans.

Interviewee
Cvetko Kobal
Date
2009 November 19  (interview)
Language
Slovenian
Extent
3 videocassettes (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:45:36
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