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Oral history interview with Harry Farbenblum

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.15 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0015

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Harry Farbenblum, born December 30, 1925 in Munačevo, Czechoslovakia (Mukacheve, Ukraine), discusses the impacts of the 1938 Hungarian occupation of his area; working and leaving school; living in his town’s ghetto for 10 weeks; the Judenrat; the liquidation of the entire ghetto in March 1944; lack of information about where they were going to be sent; arriving in Auschwitz after a ten day cattle car ride; trying to stay together with family; identifying himself as a mechanic; being sent to Fünfteichen (Laskowitz-Meleschwitz) work camp for almost one year; how the conditions were slightly better there since there was a need for mechanics; being evacuated on foot to Gross-Rosen as the Russians were coming closer; working at the crematoria for three weeks; moving to Nordhausen by train during February and March of 1945; being sent to Dora-Mittelbau from March through April 1, 1945; proceeding on to Osterode work camp until liberation; working as a mechanic at every camp; his memories of SS troops fleeing; his memories of liberation by American troops; taking a motorbike and exploring other camps looking for his family; finding his sister and five cousins; moving to Prague, Czech Republic and living there for four years; marrying and leaving Czechoslovakia with his pregnant wife; receiving assistance from the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee; travelling throughout the United States; and eventually settling in Australia.

Interviewee
Harry Farbenblum
Date
1990 April 30  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette.
Credit Line
Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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