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Oral history interview with Irving Horn

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Record Type:
Oral History
Interview Summary:
Irving Horn (né Esahar Hershenhorn), born on February 25, 1927 in Radom, Poland, discusses the German invasion of Poland and the implementation of anti-Jewish measures; the formation of a clandestine school in the ghetto; his father's work as a tanner; his clandestine bar mitzvah in the ghetto; the establishment of a Judenrat; food shortages and disease in the ghetto; smuggling and the Jewish police in the ghetto; deportations to Treblinka and the loss of his sister; forced labor in a weapons factory; Polish gentile attitudes towards Jews; his deportation to Auschwitz and transfer to a forced labor factory in Vaihingen an der Enz, Germany (Wiesengrund concentration camp); his flogging and solitary confinement by camp guards; his transfer to Dachau; his liberation and finding his brother; learning of the murder of his father; studying to be a civil engineer; immigrating to the United States in January 1948; attending the City School of New York; fighting in the Korean War; and his witness testimony at the trial of Jacob Holtz in 1989.
1992 April 05  (interview)
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1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
The interview with Irving Horn was produced by Larry Papier as part of a project to interview Holocaust survivors in the Washington, D.C. area. This volunteer project was conducted with support and technical advice from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the interview in 1992.
video recording
Personal Name:
Horn, Irving, 1927-
Conditions on Access:
No restrictions on access
Conditions on Use:
Restrictions on use. Videotaped interviews must not be used in commercial stores for profit.
Credit Line:
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Larry Papier
Finding Aid:
RG-50.029.0021_trs_en.pdf [English]
Record last modified: 2015-10-21 09:50:16

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