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Oral history interview with Saul Merin

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.316 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0539

Saul Merin born August 25, 1933 in Bendzin, Poland, describes his childhood in prewar Poland; his father Itzhak, mother, and sister Dina (born 1935); his religious education in a chayder; antisemitism in Poland; the boycott of Jewish stores in Poland and the effects on his family; the beginning of the war and the German occupation; Jewish persecution by occupying forces; his Grandfather’s business which was destroyed by the Germans during the war; deportations from Bendzin to Auschwitz; the ghettoization of his town and the worsening conditions; his family’s failed attempt to leave in 1943; hiding with his family in a bunker where they were discovered and then sent to Auschwitz; his time in hiding in various apartments with a Polish woman; his liberation and failed attempt to immigrate to Palestine; his time in Austria post-war; continued antisemitism in postwar Europe; his immigration to Israel in 1949; his life in Israel; his immigration to the United States; his career in ophthalmology; and his life in the United States.

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Saul C. Merin
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2009 April 19
3 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:19
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