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Oral history interview with Eugen Klein

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.26 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0026

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Eugen Klein, born April 27, 1929 in Presov, Czechoslovakia, discusses the Jewish community in Presov; his family background; the start of deportations once the war began; being deported along with the rest of his family; how his train stopped at Auschwitz but continued on to the ghetto in Deblin, Poland; being sent to the Deblin labor camp; having to bury bodies in a mass grave during the Deblin ghetto’s liquidation; being taken to Czestochowa, Poland to work in an ammunition factory; the working conditions; being injured while working at the factory; being sent to Buchenwald with his cousin; the living conditions in the camp; his cousin getting pneumonia and recovering; the liquidation of the camp as American troops neared; the German guards fleeing the camp; seeing American tanks going towards Weimar; being too weak to move because of a lack of food or water; being liberated by American troops; how the Americans took care of them; remaining at the camp for six to eight weeks; going back to Presov with his cousin; immigrating to Australia in 1949; marrying in 1956 and having two children; and the reason for his survival.

Interviewee
Eugen Klein
Date
1991 June 21  (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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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:47:14
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