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Oral history interview with Eitan Ginat

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.53 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0053

Eitan Ginat (né Otto Dniyevsky), born in 1920, in Vienna, Austria, describes life in Vienna and the rise of Nazism; his family’s move in 1935 to Belgium, where their father had business connections; his father’s opposition to Zionism; being taken on May 10 with other refugees to a camp in St. Cyprien near the Spanish border; the nearby Gurs camp; being discharged from the camp; he joined the rest of his family near Toulouse; being a student at Montpellier University and emphasizes the strong influence of Zionist organizations; how he and the Zionist Congress members had to go underground when identification papers were required of them; moving to Grenoble, with the help of an Italian Colonel, and registering and living at the university; a training school for counselors that they established and those associated with it who dispersed in August 1943; the extensive underground activities near the university involving moving, hiding Jewish families, and trying to get children to Palestine; being called Toto while he worked with the underground movement; eventually being caught and sent to a labor camp near Karlsruhe, Germany; the war's end and going to Paris, France to complete his PhD; and obtaining a certificate to immigrate to Palestine.

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Eitan Ginat
interview:  1993 May 04
8 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2023-05-24 15:33:51
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