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Oral history interview with Nicolae Dumitru

Oral History | Accession Number: 2004.728.8 | RG Number: RG-50.574.0008

Nicolae Dumitru describes not knowing the year, month, nor day that he was born and how he believes he was born in Zimnicea, Romania; how he remembers the beginning of World War II and the Germans starting to kill children and Jews; being taken as a young boy with his entire family to the shores of the Bug River, in Transnistria (Dniester Moldovan Republic); how after two years of hard work he was the only one who survived from his family; his duties maneuvering an agricultural plowing machine and working in the fields under German supervision; how the German soldiers occasionally killed some of the Roma by beating them with a bat; his assumption that they killed far more Jews than Roma; how the bodies of the Jews were thrown in the trenches and burned by the soldiers; how a lot of the forced laborers threw themselves into the river with the faint hope to escape the killings and the beatings; the bad conditions and the poor quality of the food; his assumption that those who killed the Jews were Russians since they were speaking Russian; and how they were moved to another place to work and did not see any more Jews.

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Nicolae Dumitru
interview:  2004 September 26
1 videocassette (DVCAM) : sound, color ; 1/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:37:08
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