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Oral history interview with Lou Dunst

Oral History | Accession Number: 2001.135 | RG Number: RG-50.544.0001

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Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund describes his role as a reporter covering the trials of the Nazi war criminals in Nuremberg, Germany and introduces his interviewee, Lou Dunst.
Lou Dunst (born circa 1926), describes living with his family in Yasinya, Czechoslovakia (present day Yasinia, Ukraine); the Hungarians occupation of his town; being forced with his father and peers to do labor at a nearby camp; being packed into boxcars and sent to a ghetto in Mátészalka, Hungary in 1944; staying there for several weeks until they were again packed into boxcars and deported to Auschwitz; undergoing selection headed by Dr. Mengele; never seeing his mother again after the selection; his father dying in the gas chambers; staying with his brother and being placed into a barrack in Birkenau; being transferred to Mauthausen with several other young men; being put into a gas chamber and believing they were about to die but surviving the experience; being sent to Ebensee, Austria to “disappear”; living under difficult conditions in Ebensee and witnessing several brutal tortures; considering suicide on several occasions and his brother helping him to survive; being placed in a pile of those who were dead or dying on May 6th, 1945; the American Army liberating the camp later that day; his brother removing him from the pile; being taken to Linz, Austria after liberation and eventually to a hospital in Prague, Czech Republic; and immigrating to the United States.

Interviewee
Lou Dunst
Interviewer
Judge Norbert Ehrenfreund
Date
2001 May  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..