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David E. testimony 2010 [video recording]

Holocaust Testimony

Object IDDE1008_01_VD
Date of Recording11 August 2010

InterviewerKrieger, Kit
IntervieweeEhrlich, David
Duration1h 52m 0.0s
SynopsisDavid E. was born in Gherla, Romania on October 26, 1926.  He describes his family and the Jewish community in his hometown of Bistrița, Romania. He recalls how life changed after anti-Jewish laws were enacted. He describes incidents of antisemitism. David recalls the German occupation and rumours of deportation. He recalls his father’s actions to avoid conscription for forced labour. He describes ghettoization and later transfer by train to Auschwitz. David describes the selection process and adjustments to life in the camp. He recalls being admitted to work as cabinetmaker and believes this allowed him to survive because of the better conditions and food. David recalls the death march away from the camp as Russian troops were advancing and train transport to Mauthausen. He was then transported to Melk were he performed hard labour. He describes liberation of the camp by United States troops. David discusses returning home and the emotional experience at finding another woman living in the family home. David describes moving around Europe after the war. David discusses his experience giving eyewitness testimony and his identification as a survivor.
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