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Oral history interview with David Halivni

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.62.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0753

David Halivni, born in 1927 in Kobyletska Poliana, Czechoslovakia (now Ukraine), discusses moving from place to place as a young child; the divorce of his parents and moving with his mother and sister to live with his grandfather and aunts in Sighet, Romania; his greatest influences; his status as a child prodigy in Sighet; childhood memories of the city and its Jewish community; knowing Elie Wiesel; his pre-war studies with a rabbi and getting ordained around age sixteen; the work of the Hungarian police in the ghettoization of and the deportations from Sighet; his deportation to Auschwitz and his transfer to Wolfsberg, part of the Gross-Rosen labor camps in the Arbeitslager Riese; various experiences at Wolfsberg; his transfer to the Ebensee concentration camp and acquaintances’ confidence that he would survive; the liberation of Ebensee by American soldiers; learning the fate of his immediate family members; moving to the United States and taking the last name Halivni; meeting his wife; his thoughts on interpreting historical events and the Holocaust in particular; whether or not another Holocaust is possible; and questioning the reasons for his survival and his continued dedication to learning.

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Professor David Halivni
Mike Abramowitz
interview:  2014 June 13
1 digital files : MPEG-4.