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Oral history interview with David Danzyger

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.346.9 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0009

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    Oral history interview with David Danzyger


    Interview Summary
    David Danzyger, born on December 5, 1923 in Bedzin, Poland, discusses his religious family; being the eldest of six children; attending a public school until the age of 13; experiencing antisemitic taunts and occasional violence; joining a Jewish youth movement; fleeing threats of bombings; the German invasion; hiding in a forest for two weeks; witnessing shootings on streets and seeing the seizure of Jewish stores; the disbursement of goods to Gentiles; Jews being forced out of their homes in 1941; his father being taken to a labor camp, where he died; the deportation of his mother and four siblings to Auschwitz in 1941; being taken with his brother to Markstädt labor camp; conditions in the camp and his work digging holes and inserting concrete; the Jewish Kapos; witnessing SS whip inmates; being transferred to another camp (possibly Freiberg); being separated from his brother; being transferred to camp Klettendorf; learning his uncle was killed; his thoughts on laboring with no hope; the religious life in the camp; the hanging and shooting of those who attempted escape; being transferred to Gross-Rosen; being transferred by train for three days to Flossenbürg, where he stayed for a year; his loss of hope in Flossenbürg; being sent to the infirmary; his decision to live; being marched to Dachau; being liberated; the high death rate of survivors immediately after liberation; the permission given to survivors to enact revenge on the SS guards; spending several years in a displaced persons camp; moving to Munich, Germany; becoming a carpenter; his marriage, children, and grandchildren; and his thoughts on the lessons of the Holocaust.
    David Danzyger
    interview:  1991 July 12
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Danzyger, David.

    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with David Danzyger on July 12, 1991. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the tape of the interview from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois on October 16, 1992.
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