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Holocaust survivor watched her mother being shot

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Holocaust survivor interview, 2017

Holocaust survivor interviews won’t be possible forever, with many Auschwitz survivors now in their late 80s. This is the Lydia’s incredible story. Subscribe here ( for more identity videos you won’t find anywhere else.
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A Conversation with Holocaust Survivor Peter Somogyi

Historian Hannah Dailey talks with Peter Somogyi, a survivor of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp. Mr. Somogyi went into Auschwitz as a child and a twin which placed him in the care of Dr. Mengele. Learn about his memories and impressions of living through the Holocaust, the ability to survive against the odds, and his visit to Israel in 1985 for the mock trial of Dr. Mengele.
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Remembering the Liberation of Auschwitz

Jewish survivor Paula Lebovics, Jewish survivor Howard Chandler, Jewish survivor Philip Helbling, Political prisoner Kaz Wolff-Zdzienicki, and Sinti and Roma survivor Julia Lentini recall their experiences of the evacuation and liberation of the Auschwitz camp complex in January 1945. Otari Amaglobeli of the Soviet Armed forces describes his involvement in the liberation of the camp complex on Jan. 27, 1945. This testimony clip reel was produced in partnership with The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp Auschwitz in January 2015.
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Holocaust survivor recognizes himself in documentary

A Holocaust survivor recognized himself and his brother as children in a screenshot from a recently released documentary.

The image is deceptively cheerful.

Taken in April 1945, it shows a dozen or so children smiling through a barbed wire fence. They are prisoners at Bergen-Belsen, a Nazi Germany concentration camp, and they have just been liberated.

Yehuda Danzig, 82, recognized two boys in the picture after it was recently published in the Times of Israel. One was him at the age of 11. The other was his brother Michael, who was 12 at the time.

It was the first and only photo he’d seen of himself as a prisoner.

“I started to cry,” says the soft-spoken Danzig. “I couldn’t believe it.”

Danzig had been in the kitchen reading the newspaper on his tablet when the black-and-white still frame caught his eye. It was taken from the Holocaust documentary German Concentration Camps Factual Survey, shot at 14 different camps and sites of atrocities in Austria, Germany and Poland, including Auschwitz, after the fall of Hitler.

Though parts of the footage have been shown over the years, the film, directed with the help of Alfred Hitchcock, wasn’t completed until 2014, after the British Imperial War Museums took over its restoration.

Danzig refuses to watch it, but says its existence validates the nightmare he suffered through.

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Holocaust Survivor Testimonies: Daily Life in the Concentration Camps

Holocaust survivor Rita Weiss describes daily life in the concentration camps. The video is an excerpt from the film Daily Life in Concentration Camps in the Holocaust History Museum in Yad Vashem.
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Auschwitz Concentration Camp Reel 1 (1945)

Unissued / Unused material.



Auschwitz Concentration Camp, Poland.



Various shots deserted concentration camp. Various shots people looking around the camp. Various interior shots of deserted buildings. CU plaque in memory of two French students who died in the camp. Various shots of people looking at camp (presumably relatives). MS relatives planting seeds in camp.



Panning shot of wreaths. Various CU's of mourners. High angle MS mourners holding a service. Panning shot, entrance to the camp. MS as barrier goes up. MS barbed wire fences of the camp. Panning shot prisoners looking through barbed wire. CU old man talking. MS through the wire of children walking with nurses and nuns. MS's through the wire of children and other prisoners leaving the camp.
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Holocaust survivor describes the food at Chateau de Chabannes children's home

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Holocaust survivor Stephan Lewy describes the food at the Chateau de Chabannes children's home.


One of the unique phenomena of the Holocaust period was the rescue of Jewish children in France: a network of protective homes established by different organizations, both Jewish and Christian, whose members collected children and brought them to remote places, in order to protect them from persecution and enable them to live a normal life under abnormal circumstances. Thanks to this rescue endeavor, thousands of Jewish children were saved. This is a story of courage and determination, a story of sacrifice, loyalty and dedication.
The exhibition 'Children's Homes in France During the Holocaust' tells the story of three children's homes: the home in Chamonix, the home in Izieu, and the home in Chabannes. Click Here to enter:
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Jewish Survivor Eva Braun Testimony

You are watching Eva Braun, a Jewish Survivor from the Holocaust. To learn more about Eva and to explore the stories of other Holocaust survivors and witnesses, visit

When a former Nazi meets a Holocaust survivor

What happens when a Holocaust survivor and former Hitler Youth Leader meet for the first time? Erika Jacoby, 89, and Ursula Martens, 88, find out.

Video by Tess Cutler
During their fateful meeting, special thanks to David Mower (videography) and Chelsea Cutler (interviewing).

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Holocaust survivor, 102, meets nephew after thinking all family died in war

Eliahu Pietruszka escaped from Poland at the beginning of the second world war thinking his entire family had perished. But two weeks ago he discovered  that a younger brother had also survived and that his brother's son, 66-year-old Alexandre, was flying from Russia to see him. The reunion was made possible by a comprehensive online database of victims created by Yad Vashem, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Given the dwindling number of survivors and their advanced ages, the event seemed likely to be among the last of its kind
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Survivors of the Holocaust

Surviving History (2009): Every photograph or keepsake holds a painful memory, finally unlocked.

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The life-stories of ten survivors of the Holocaust in Lithuania, where 95% of the pre-war Jewish population was destroyed.

'In my town they buried people alive and built a warehouse on top of them' remembers Berl. Those who survived did so because they joined the partisans or the army, or escaped to Russia. Or because kind strangers hid them in basements and attics and on farms, because they slipped unnoticed through a hole in the ghetto gate or crawled out through a sewer, or somehow lasted in the camps until liberation. Chasia, now 87, got a visit late one night by friends who told her to flee immediately. 'I could leave my children behind and save myself..or try to save them' she says 'my decision has tortured me all my life'.

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Holocaust Survivor Renée Firestone Testimony

This testimony from Jewish Survivor Renee Firestone is from the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute. She is a member of The 1939 Club.

Holocaust Child Survivor Testimony Clips

Three interviewees who lived through the Holocaust as children talk about their wartime experiences in hiding and in concentration camps. Testimonies from the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and included in the Institute's educational resource Segments for the Classroom at:

Child survivor of the Babi Yar Massacre

Ludmila Tkach who was born in 1936 in Tarashcha and lived in Kiev at the start of German occupation recalls her and her mother being driven to the Babi Yar ravine. She depicts horrible scenes she witnessed there. He recalls how just before being shot upon she and her mother fell down the ravine, how after some time she unconsious was dragged by her mother out of the ravine and to the nearby brick factory were they took temporal shelter

Holocaust Survivor Daniel Geslewitz Testimony

This testimony from Jewish Survivor Daniel Geslewitz is from the archive of the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and is also featured in Echoes & Reflections: A Multimedia Curriculum on the Holocaust. For more information, visit:
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Jewish Survivor Gloria Ungar Testimony

This testimony from Holocaust Survivor Gloria Ungar is from USC Shoah Foundation's Visual History Archive®, an online portal that allows users to search through and view more than 55,000 video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of genocide.

In September 2019, Gloria's portrait will be featured in USC Shoah Foundation/USC Fisher Museum of Art's exhibition “Facing Survival | David Kassan”. Visit fisher.usc.edu/davidkassan for more information.

To learn more and explore the stories of other Holocaust survivors and witnesses, visit sfi.usc.edu.
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Renata Adler | Holocaust Survivor

Renata Adler was born July 22, 1925, in Hamburg, Germany, to Max Edward Adler (lawyer) and Gerda (née Rodewilg) in a nonreligious Jewish family. Her father passed away when she was almost four. Renata attended public school and was the only Jewish child in her school. While there, she experienced prejudice from one teacher who targeted her because she was Jewish. Her schooling stopped in 1938, when she was excluded by law from attending public school. In the early 1940s, Renata and her mother were displaced from their home and settled in Jewish-designated housing and their apartment was occupied by an SS officer. During this time, she was a forced laborer until July 1942 when she was deported to Thereseinstadt ghetto in Czech Republic with her mother, stepfather, and many members of her extended family including her maternal grandparents who both perished while interned there. In October 1944, she was deported from Thereseinstadt to Auschwitz extermination camp in Poland, where she witnessed the murder of her stepfather as he walked into the gas chamber. While interned at Auschwitz, she actually survived a mistaken trip to the gas chamber. Shortly after her arrival at Auschwitz, she was transferred to Oederan concentration camp in Germany, where she also performed forced labor. She was then transferred back to Thereseinstadt, where she was liberated by Soviet Armed Forces in May 1945. Shortly afterwards, she returned to Hamburg where she was reunited with her mother and worked for the British Occupation. In the 1950s, she immigrated to the United States. She was interviewed on March 3, 1996, in Forest Hills, New York, USA.

A Survivor's Story

Watch video of concentration camp survivor Martin Weiss speaking during the 2009 Holocaust Lecture Series at Vanderbilt University, which was built around the theme Barriers & Boundaries for its 32nd year.

Weiss, who was liberated by U.S. troops at the Gunskirchen camp in May 1945, spoke Nov. 1.

Martin Weiss was one of nine children born to Orthodox Jewish parents in Polana, a rural village in the Carpathian Mountains. His father owned a farm and a meat business, and his mother attended to the children and the home. Everyone in the family helped take care of the horses and cows. In March 1939, his life was changed dramatically when Nazi Germany and its allies dismembered Czechoslovakia. Hungarian troops occupied Polana, and Jews were subjected to discriminatory legislation. In April 1944, Hungarian gendarmes transported the village's Jews, including the Weiss family, to the Munkacs ghetto. In May, they were deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center. Weiss, his father, brother, and two uncles were selected for forced labor; the other family members were sent to the gas chambers. Weiss and his father were sent to the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria, and then to the subcamp of Melk, where they were forced to build tunnels into the side of the mountains. His father perished there. Weiss was liberated at the Gunskirchen camp by U.S. troops in May 1945.

The Holocaust Lecture Series at Vanderbilt University is the longest continuous Holocaust lecture series at an American university.

Holocaust Survivor Eva Schloss on the Nazi Invasion of Austria

Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss speaking at the Jewish Museum London about the Nazi invasion of Austria and the beginning of World War Two.

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Holocaust survivor reunited woman who sheltered him

1. Wide shot of Hanna Morawiecka entering media room at JFK airport, is greeted by Holocaust survivor Andre Nowacki, they hug
2. Various of Morawiecka and Nowacki being reunited, talking, interacting with media
3. SOUNDBITE: (English): Andre Nowacki, Holocaust survivor:
And I just gave up after 20 years of looking and finally just by coincidence a good friend of mine here in New York, who was Polish, came from Poland, he was going to return to Poland, he mentioned that his father is unemployed, and I said you know what, I would hire your father to find 'my family' (referring to Morawiecka's family), and he did it in one day.
4. Wide shot of media surrounding the reunited pair

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A Thanksgiving reunion that took place in New York City on Wednesday spanned a lot more than most do: 60 years and an ocean.

Holocaust survivor Andre Nowacki, now 69, was reunited with Hanna Morawiecka - the woman who helped rescue his family from extermination in Poland during World War II.

Nowacki had spent two decades searching for my family, starting about 40 years ago and going through the Red Cross and other organisations and individuals.

Finally, having all but given up, he told a friend in Poland whose father was unemployed, 'I will hire your father to find my family. And he did it in one day. He had connections.

Morawiecka and Nowacki kept up their contact through the mail and on the phone.

But it wasn't until this week, when she boarded a plane to spend Thanksgiving with Nowacki and his family, that the pair met face to face.

Six decades after they last saw each other in the Polish countryside, Morawiecka had no trouble identifying Nowacki: I recognised him because of the ears.

They first met in 1941, when Morawiecka and her mother took in the Nowacki family after Andre's father was removed to a Nazi death camp.

The Catholic family, at risk to their own lives, provided a safe haven for the Jewish family at their Warsaw home.

If the Germans had discovered the Nowackis, Hanna and her mother would have been shot on the spot, Nowacki said.

Hanna's father was a member of the underground, and he steered Andre's family to live with his own.

Both families wound up fleeing a burning Warsaw in 1944 after the Germans moved in to quell an uprising, and they spent six months hiding out in the countryside around the Polish city.

Finally, after exchanging promises to find each other after the war, the two families went their separate ways.

Nowacki, who says more than 100 of his family members died in the Holocaust, made his way to Israel, Canada and then the United States.

Nowacki, who lives in Long Beach, was joined at the reunion by his wife, Eve, and their two adult daughters.

The Jewish Foundation for The Righteous, created in 1986 to provide financial help for non-Jews who risked their lives for Jewish families during the Holocaust, brought the pair together.

The group assists almost 1,600 people in 28 countries.


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