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Oral history interview with Sebastian Daniel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0445.13 | RG Number: RG-50.444.0013

Sebastian Daniel, born on December 27, 1922 in Zopy, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), describes his Romani family; growing up in Chválkovice, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), where his father was a blacksmith; his father being arrested around 1940 and died soon after; being sent with his mother to the so-called "Gypsy" camp in Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland; being transported three weeks later to Stammlager Auschwitz in Poland, where he built watchtowers; volunteering to leave on a transport out of Auschwitz; being taken to Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany, where he was reunited with his brother; a brothel in the camp for prison officials; being transferred to Dora concentration camp in Germany; his job delivering food to soldiers and avoiding starvation because of this access to food; leaving the camp after liberation and going into hiding; being without food and quickly falling ill; a German family caring for him until his recovery, at which point they gave him a horse and cart to travel back home; returning to Chválkovice; moving to Prostejov, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic); and fleeing in 1947 to Wurzburg, Germany where he went into business selling rags.

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Sebastian Daniel
Margaret West
interview:  1997 June 18
2 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: 2021-02-16 15:52:27
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