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Oral history interview with Daniel Chanoch

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.226 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0226

Daniel Chanoch, born in Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania in 1933, discusses his childhood and family; Kovno and the Jewish community; the split between the Orthodox Jewish community in Slabodka (Vilijampole) and the others in the new town; the German entry and Russian retreat; life in the Kovno ghetto; his mother, her strength and how she influenced his life; hiding during actions within the ghetto; the lists of the Judenrat and how to avoid being listed; youth movement in the ghetto and the underground to which his brother belonged; his family being deported and his mother and sister being dropped off at Stutthof, while he and his father and brother went to camp Landsberg; a German officer taking him as a servant and working in the SS kitchen; being taken with the other children in trucks to Dachau; showers and decontamination and treatment; being taken by train to Birkenau; being taken to camp A and listening to the stories from Russian POWs; the selections; being taken to camp B and his work unloading carriages; life in the camp towards the end; being marched to a train transport in January 1945; arriving in Mauthausen and going to Zeltenlager; being marched to Sankt Florian, Austria in April 1945 and then to camp Gunskirchen; being taken to a camp in Hirshing, Austria; meeting up with the Jewish brigade; traveling with the brigade to Treviso, Italy, to Mestra, Italy; experiences in transit camps in Modena and Bologna, Italy, a sanitarium near Stresa, Italy, and a hospital in Milan, Italy; immigrating to Israel in 1946; and psychological effects from his Holocaust experiences.

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Daniel Chanoch
interview:  1995 October 27
9 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:28:56
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