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Oral history interview with Harry Farbenblum

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

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    Oral history interview with Harry Farbenblum


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Harry Farbenblum
    interview:  1990 April 30
    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.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Farbenblum, Harry, 1925-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Harry Farbenblum on April 30, 1990 for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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