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Oral history interview with Tina Davies and David Davies

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

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

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.

Interviewee
Tina Davies
David Davies
Interviewer
Robert Buckley
Date
1991 May 22  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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