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Oral history interview with David Danzyger

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

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.


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Interviewee
David Danzyger
Date
interview:  1991 July 12
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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