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Oral history interview with Mordecai Hauer, Gabriel Frankel, and William Shapiro

Oral History | Accession Number: 2011.95.2 | RG Number: RG-50.673.0001

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Mordecai Hauer, born January 12, 1926 in Hungary, describes being deported to Auschwitz in a cattle car with his mother, father, and younger brother, all of whom were killed immediately; arriving at the camp and having his hair shaved and being tattooed; how food consisted of a 5-inch square of bread and watery soup; working in a coal mine; describes the entire Holocaust experience as consisting of beastly treatment of people where the Nazis were the mad dogs, crazed with killing people, who were the suffering sheep; and vows that it will not be allowed to happen again.

Gabriel Frankel, born January 1925 in Romania, describes being deported in a cattle car, describing in detail his arrival at the concentration camp where everyone was selected for either life or death; how every country has its criminal elements; and his request for introspection as to where this is happening in the listener’s own country.

William Shapiro, born in the Bronx, New York City, and served as a combat medic; being taken prisoner by SS troops when he was on leave in Luxembourg; being sent to Bergen-Belsen where he worked in tunnels; being sent to the gallows in the prison, where he ran the dispensary and food service; how other prisoners were beaten brutally and were dying every day; having nightmares and suffering PTSS; and how he found in various photo and film archives that his journey was the same as the European Jews.

Interviewee
Mordecai Hauer
Gabriel Frankel
Mr. William Shapiro
Date
2005 May 10  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Betty Shapiro
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