Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Oral history interview with Tina Davies and David Davies

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.10 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0010

Search this record's additional resources, such as finding aids, documents, or transcripts.

No results match this search term.
Check spelling and try again.

results are loading

0 results found for “keyward

    Oral history interview with Tina Davies and David Davies


    Interview Summary
    Tina Davies, born March 23, 1921 in Krakow, Poland, describes her family; moving away from Krakow; how her father boycotted German goods because he was against Hitler; being treated okay in school but the undercurrent of antisemitism; going back to Krakow because her parents thought it would be safer; how her father went with the Red Cross east, away from the Germans, and was eventually found and shot; going to the ghetto; her mother’s refusal to run away; being sent to an extermination camp; escaping with her brother and receiving help from a Polish policeman; never seeing her mother and sister again; her brother getting typhoid fever; working in a cable factory; not being able to find her brother after the liquidation of the ghetto; experiencing a nervous breakdown; liquidation of the camp; being sent to Auschwitz; seeing "Work makes you happy" written on the gate; being put in Birkenau; being counted every morning; how some committed suicide on electric wires; being tattooed; going to the fields to dig up cabbages; how fights would break out over bread portioning and she was trusted to distribute bread; being forced to march in January 1945; marching for three days and those who couldn't walk were shot; being placed on open trains and taken to Belsen; passing Buchenwald, where a lot of dead bodies were taken off the train, mostly men because they weren't given food; the violent Ukranians in Belsen; being liberated by the British in April 1945; getting typhoid fever; going to a hospital; being placed in a displaced persons camps in Belsen and Linerberg; meeting her husband and marrying him in December 1945; living in England, Hong Kong, and Germany; her beliefs that Christians were no good because the killing of the Jews; how she and her husband believed in God but were not religious; raising her son as a Christian under the Church of England; learning about Christianity; and pictures she has of her family before the war (she shows these on the video).
    David Davies, born July 4, 1922, describes meeting Tina at a dance in a displaced persons camp; his position in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers; joining as boy soldier in 1937 and apprenticing until he was made active at the age of 18; starting in North Scotland during the war, then going to Egypt in 1942; the Battle at El Alamein; going to Salerno, Italy, Marseilles, France, Belgium, and Germany; liberation and the noisy Russian Ukrainians; visiting Belsen and Dachau a year after the liberation; receiving a post with the Defense Ministry in the British Government; and his thoughts on those who deny the Holocaust.
    Tina Davies
    David Davies
    Robert Buckley
    interview:  1991 May 22

    Physical Details

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

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Administrative Notes

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Oral History Branch, in cooperation with Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Inc. produced the interview with Tina and David Davies on May 22, 1991.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 07:59:21
    This page:

    Additional Resources

    Download & Licensing

    In-Person Research

    Contact Us