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Oral history interview with Hank Brodt

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.103.3 | RG Number: RG-50.865.0003

Hank (born Henek) Brodt, born December 1, 1925 in Boryslaw, Poland (Boryslav, Ukraine), describes living with his mother, father, brother, and sister in Boryslaw; helping to support his family starting at age 14; the town containing a mix of Jews, Poles, and Ukrainians, with little discrimination before World War II; attending Hebrew school; the Nazi invasion and Boryslaw being invaded in 1941 and the formation of a Jewish committee (Judenrat); the draft of Polish citizens beginning February-March 1941; Jews having to wear a star; many dying from typhus; the huge liquidation in September 1942, during which his mother was deported; a forced labor camp in the outskirts of Boryslaw; life in the ghetto; the liquidation of the ghetto at the end of 1943; the death of his sister and losing track of her child, who was put in an orphanage shortly before the liquidation; being sent by cattle car to Płaszów on April 13, 1944; being a messenger in the labor camp; a childbirth in the camp; the music in the evenings; being sent to work in Wieliczka from June-August 1944; being sent by cattle car to Mauthausen concentration camp; being in Mauthausen for two weeks and then sent to Melk; a man who tried to commit suicide; being evacuated from Melk to Linz and then by boat to Ebensee; a forced march of 25km; Americans liberating the prisoners at Ebensee; working with the American Army; immigrating to the US and arriving in New York on March 17, 1949; working in the Bronx then Chicago; enlisting during the Korean War; being sent to Mannheim, Germany; meeting a woman in Czechoslovakia; working for a newspaper in New York; his view of Holocaust deniers; how he didn’t want to talk to his own children about the Holocaust until they were much older; his attempts to locate his niece Adela; his life in High Point, NC; and participating in the March of the Living.

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Hank Brodt
Dr. Marcia Horn
interview:  2006 October 23
1 DVD.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Marcia Horn
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:28:05
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