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Oral history interview with Braham Stern

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.42 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0042

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    Oral history interview with Braham Stern


    Interview Summary
    Braham Stern, born October 8, 1930 in Svarlava, Czechoslovakia, discusses being sent to military quarters to receive treatment; making friends with an American soldier; taking the train back to Svarlava; moving to Frydlant v Cechach, Czech Republic; applying to the Jewish Welfare Guardian scheme to go to Australia and arriving in 1947; his life in Sydney; and reasons for giving his testimony.
    Note: this record is missing the first part of the recording; however, the summary for the content includes the following information:
    Braham Stern, born October 8, 1930 in Svarlava, Czechoslovakia, discusses traveling after the war; how his father immigrated to the United States and then returned to Czechoslovakia where he was less tolerant of Nazi discrimination; his home life; being more aware than most about the impending political situation, but choosing to stay rather than leave; his family being sent to the Mukacevo ghetto; staying in the ghetto for several months before being taken to Auschwitz; his daily routine; the camp’s demoralizing nature; being transferred to Mauthausen after about six weeks; having to work in stone mines; new arrivals being a constant feature in 1943; becoming aware that the war was going badly for the Germans in the beginning of 1945; being unable to walk and so staying in his bunk the last two or three weeks before liberation; and being liberated by US forces in May 1945.
    Braham Stern
    interview:  1990 April 29
    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
    Stern, Braham, 1930-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Braham Stern on April 29, 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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