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Oral history interview with Eugene Miller

Oral History | Accession Number: 2010.249 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0585

Eugene Miller, born October 16, 1923, discusses his family’s background in Lithuania and Russia; his birth in Meretch (Merkine), Lithuania and childhood in Łódź, Poland; details of his education at a gymnasium before the war; his education in the Łódź ghetto; his attempted escape to Russia; the closing of the ghetto’s school in 1941; his memories of the Nazi-appointed ghetto leader, Mordekchai Chaim Rumkowski; industry and administration in the ghetto; his work at the ghetto's labor department and economic department; his transfer to the fire department; deportations and deaths in the ghetto; his mother’s sickness from typhoid and the death of his parents; his deportation to Auschwitz; the presence of Josef Mengele at Auschwitz; details of the train transport; his imprisonment in Birkenau, artificial rubber being made in Birkenau; his deportation to Dachau; details of his liberation; the arrival of American forces who distributed rations; deaths of former camp inmates by overeating; his return to Poland; meeting with a neighbor who tried to avoid him; his move to Frankfurt, Germany, where he attempted to attend university; his work with the Jewish Student Association; antisemitism in Poland; his wife’s time in nursing school; immigrating to the United States and attending Butler University in Indiana; earning his PhD at the University of Chicago; and his wife’s experience during the war.

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Eugene Miller
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2010 September 13
2 digital files : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:23:26
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