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Oral history interview with František Daniel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0445.12 | RG Number: RG-50.444.0012

Frantisek Daniel, born on September 6, 1921 in okres Vyškov, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), describes his large Romani family; living in a reform school in Moravsky Krumlov, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic) until age 10, when he returned to his hometown and went to school for eight years; training as a blacksmith under his father, but soon returning to Moravsky Krumlov and working as a gardener; his father and brother-in-law being apprehended around 1940 and being sent to a labor camp in Morava, Czechoslovakia (Moravia, Czech Republic); his father’s death and taking on the responsibility of caring for his family; trying to cross the border into Slovakia with his family, but being captured by the Germans en route; being imprisoned in Tesin (Cieszyn), Poland, from which he escaped and returned home; being caught again by the gendarmes in 1942 and escaping again; being imprisoned in Vyskov, Czechoslovakia for being caught without identification papers; being tried in court and released, then arrested again in Brno, Czechoslovakia; being transported to Hodonin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia; being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland; being sent to Buchenwald, then Dora in Germany; the evacuation of Dora and being transferred to Nordhausen; being liberated from Nordhausen by the British Army; going to Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), where he married and had children; moving to Plzen, Czechoslovakia; and getting married a second time and having four more children.

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Frantisek Daniel
Neenah Ellis
interview:  1997 June 18
8 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:48
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