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Oral history interview with Jack Kappelmeister

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.155 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0155

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    Oral history interview with Jack Kappelmeister


    Interview Summary
    Jack Kapelmeister, born June 5, 1928 in Kielce, Poland, describes life in Poland before the war; the outbreak of war in 1939; the establishment of the ghetto in Kielce; his forced labor for the Germans during the war; being transferred to Radom and then to Auschwitz; the harsh conditions at Auschwitz; being transferred to Buchenwald where he was liberated; moving to Switzerland post-war; immigrating to Australia in 1950; building a life and family; grappling with the fact that he survived; and his Jewish identity.
    Jack Kappelmeister
    Caroline Haski
    interview:  1989 August 17
    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 Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

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    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Jack Kappelmeister on August 17, 1989 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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