Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Bert Dan - November 17, 1982


This is an interview with Mr. Bert Dan on November 17, 1982 in Oak Park, Michigan. The interviewer is Kay Roth.

I'd like to start the interview by asking you some questions about your life before the war. So would you like to tell me when and where you were born?

Sure, I was born in, in January the 9th, 1916 in Romania. And I went to school in Romania. I was in the army and the Roma...the Romanian army in 1938 and--actually that's when the problem started out in 1938, you know, when I was in the army. But one year later in Poland the problem started and then they detained us and we stayed for a number--period of time in the army because of the problem. They were hav...having worldwide actually. And then in 1940, then the Romanian army started getting in uh, into the Nazi ter...terrors. I'd say that they didn't trust the Jewish soldiers and we knew they didn't before. And therefore they were sent out to some other little towns or communities that the, the population was in the army already.


Now I'm telling you what different non-Jewish people and therefore the Jewish people were sent out to work on the fields and stuff like that.


And uh, we worked there for about six months or, or less. And then...

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