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Oral history interview with Joseph Gatenio

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1994.A.0443 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0434

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    Oral history interview with Joseph Gatenio


    Interview Summary
    Joseph Gatenio, born in 1929 in Thessalonike, Greece, discusses his childhood; the German occupation of Thessalonike in 1940; his deportation from Greece with his family in 1943; the week-long journey to Birkenau; selections at Birkenau; the deaths of family members; his participation in the camp orchestra; how orchestra members helped him survive; being forced to leave the orchestra; the brutality of the SS and Kapos; being transferred from Birkenau to Henkel, then Sachsenhausen, Ohrdruf, Sachsenhausen again, Neubrandenburg, Ravensbrück, and finally Ludwigslust; the appalling conditions in the camps; staying in Ludwigslust until May 1 when they were transported to another camp; his liberation by American soldiers the next day; joining the Russian liberators and wandering throughout Europe for a few months; returning to Thessalonike in December 1945; and the long-term effects of his experiences during the Holocaust on his well-being.
    Joseph Gatenio
    Alexandra Zapruder
    interview:  1994 May 02

    Physical Details

    English Greek
    2 sound cassettes (90 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Gatenio, Joseph, 1929-

    Administrative Notes

    Alexandra Zapruder, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Joseph Gatenio on May 2, 1994.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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