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Oral history interview with Jerry Rind

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.33 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0033

Jerry (Jaroslav) Rind, born March 12, 1924 in Sudoměřice, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), discusses finding out that he was Jewish at the age of ten; his parents’ background; the Munich Conference and start of the occupation; realizing that to be a Jew is to be alone, evidenced by treatment by neighbors; being transported to Theresienstadt in 1942; being put in the Ustecké Kasarny barracks; working in the crematoria; being transferred to Birkenau; the humiliation endured in the camp; his work in Gleiwitz; seeing US bombers; thinking that he would have welcomed them bombing Auschwitz; getting pneumonia and being put in the hospital; being told by patients about plans to evacuate the camp; how he was thrown on a truck to get shot but the guards suddenly left to avoid the Russians; the arrival of Russian forces; arriving in Krakow, Poland; later going to Prague, Czech Republic and finding his sister; returning to Sudoměřice; and moving to Australia.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Rind, Jerry
interview:  1990 December 08
1 sound cassette.
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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.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:11:15
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