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Oral history interview with Ernie Pollak

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.198 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0582

Ernie Pollak discusses speaking Yiddish as a child in Hungary; how his father, a WW I veteran, owned a Kosher butcher shop; going to Budapest in 1942 learning to be a dental technician when he was 15 years old with his brother David; living in Romania when the war started; the German occupation of Hungary; living in a ghetto; being marched out of the ghetto each day for forced labor; how his brother David was in hiding with his girlfriend; seeing Raoul Wallenberg; conditions in the ghetto; marching to Mauthausen Concentration Camp; his liberation by American soldiers; seeing former camp inmates suffer from eating too much after being liberated; learning that his sister was in Bergen-Belsen; moving to the United States; reuniting with his surviving family members; and his religious views before and after the war.

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Ernie Pollak
Judy Cohen
interview:  2010 March 01
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:25
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