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Daniel W. testimony 1984

Holocaust Testimony

GenreTestimonies
Object IDDW8409_01_VA
AVT #59
Date of Recording05 September 1984

InterviewerForrai, Ernest
IntervieweeWollner, Daniel
Duration2h 1m 0.0s
LanguageEnglish
SynopsisDaniel W. was born in Budapest, Hungary on May 31, 1927. He describes his family and childhood. He describes the Jewish community. He recalls anti-Jewish regulations. He describes the German invasion and his father’s arrest. He describes ghettoization and deportation with his mother and brother to Birkenau. He describes the selection process and being separated from his family. He describes the conditions of the camp and discusses food. He recounts sending correspondence. He describes taking the number of a dead prisoner, which enabled his transfer to Auschwitz for slave labour. He describes a death march to Gross-Rosen. Daniel describes forced labour clearing rubble in Hannover and transfer to Dachau. He describes being transported by train and his escape. He recalls his rescue by United States troops. He describes travelling throughout Europe after the war and returning to Hungary. He recounts learning his family had all been killed. He describes service in the army, his marriage, and escape in 1956 during the revolution. He describes emigration to Canada. He recalls return trips to Hungary and Poland (including visiting Auschwitz). Daniel shows photographs and documents. 
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RightsHolocaust Documentation Project | The University of British Columbia | Consent to Record and Retain Records (fn: Under the auspices of the Standing Committee on the Holocaust and Canadian Jewish Congress - Pacific Region) on file.
NoteTestimony recorded simultaneously on audio and video cassettes.
Other Holding InstitutionsFortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies (repository)
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.