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Oral history interview with Braham Stern

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

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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.

Interviewee
Braham Stern
Date
1990 April 29  (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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