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Rafal Dominic

Rafal Dominic discusses being a witness at the war crimes trial of the Nazi officer Dr. Horst Fischer.

Rafal Dominic was born on June 23, 1923 in Radymno, south-eastern Poland. His father Pinchas (Hersh) was a businessman, and his mother Mindla was a homemaker. His siblings included Lajb (Leib, born in 1926) and Aron (born in 1931).

When the Second World War broke out, Rafal was a student at the Economic University in Poland. In 1942, he and his family were forced to move into the Przemyśl ghetto where Joseph performed forced labour. From there he was transported to Szebnia forced labour camp (1942-43), and to Auschwitz-Birkenau (1943-45).

He was liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp.

Rafal Dominic immigrated to Canada in 1969. His full testimony is part of the Canadian Collection of Holocaust survivor testimonies. It is preserved in the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive and accessible through the Ekstein Library.

Rafal Dominic

I was a witness too by Dr. Fischer in his trial. He admitted himself that he selected to death over 100,000 people.