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Oral history interview with Irving Horn

Record Type:
Oral History
Interview Summary:
Irving Horn (né Isachar Herszenhorn), born in February 1927 in Radom, Poland, describes experiencing significant antisemitism as a child; the integration of schools when he was seven years old; how he and the only other Jewish boy at his new school were severely beaten by some of their schoolmates; the war breaking out and his father losing his job; his brother being accused of spying and temporarily jailed; attending a secret Jewish school for two years until Radom became a ghetto; the ghetto in Glinice; how upon the liquidation of the Radom ghetto, he and his father volunteered to work on the Waschnik estate; surviving encounters with the SS; working in a weapons factory, where he encountered Jacob Holz, a ruthless security guard against whom Irving later testified; how around July 25, 1944 he marched to Tomaszów because the Russians were approaching Radom; being deported by train to Auschwitz; being chosen with his father and two brothers to do work in Vaihingen an der Enz near Stuttgart; being sent by a guard to work on the Nazi Secretary of State’s sister-in-law’s estate for two weeks, where he received food and regained his strength; being sent to Camp Unterriexingen, Kochendorf, and finally to Dachau; being in Tyrol, Austria at the end of the war but being taken back to Germany and almost shot into a ravine; how before the killing was to take place, the SS men changed into civilian clothes and left; ending up in a military hospital in Mittenwald, Germany due to severe hunger; spending several years in a displaced persons camp in Stuttgart; immigrating to the United States in 1948; and being in the US Army between 1950 and 1952.
1992 January 11  (interview)
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Accession Number:
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Anthony Young, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ID Card Project, conducted the interview with Irving Horn in Potomac, Md., on January 11, 1992.
Anthony Young
sound recording
Personal Name:
Horn, Irving, 1927-
Conditions on Access:
No restrictions on access
Conditions on Use:
No restrictions on use
Finding Aid:
RG-50.233.0057_trs_en.pdf [English]
Record last modified: 2015-10-09 11:43:23

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