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Oral history interview with Eugen Klein

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

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    Oral history interview with Eugen Klein


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Eugen Klein
    interview:  1991 June 21
    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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    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
    Klein, Eugen, 1929-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Eugen Klein on June 21, 1991 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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