Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Clara Dan - July 1, 1982


An interview with Clara Dan, a Holocaust survivor, conducted by Kay Roth. Clara Dan was born in Tîrgu-Mures, Romania (later Hungary) in 1921. Clara was the youngest of three siblings. In the spring of 1944, Clara, her sister and her parents were rounded up and placed in a makeshift ghetto in Koloszvar, Hungary. After several weeks there, they were shipped to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Clara and her sister survived the selection on the ramp and were reunited in the camp. After some time in Auschwitz, Clara and her sister were sent to work in a bullet factory in Hundsfeld. When the Russians came too close to the area, the sisters were marched to Gross Rosen and then sent to Bergen-Belsen where the British Army liberated them. After the war, Clara and her sister were placed in a DP camp in Celle, Germany where they were reunited with their brother.

  1. Introduction
  2. Family
  3. Education
  4. Religious Life
  5. Hungarians
  6. Outbreak of War
  7. Mixed Marriages
  8. Relations with non-Jews
  9. Uncles
  10. Round-Ups
  11. Transport to Auschwitz
  12. Female Collaborator in Auschwitz
  13. Post-War Anti-Semitism
  14. Resistance
  15. Obtaining Food
  16. Conditions in Auschwitz
  17. Evacuation to Hundsfeld
  18. Transport to Hundsfeld
  19. Hundsfeld
  20. Gross Rosen
  21. Bergen-Belsen
  22. Liberation
  23. Celle
  24. Return to Hungary
  25. Return to Germany
  26. Immigration to America
  27. Finding Brother
  28. Family
  29. American Jews
  30. Thoughts on Survival
  31. Thoughts on Survival II
  32. Thoughts on Survival III
  33. Detroit
  34. Thoughts on Israel
  35. Conditions in Auschwitz II

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