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Oral history interview with Henry Kruger

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1223 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1223

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Henry Kruger describes his childhood in Wolomin, Poland; his awareness of antisemitism; his memories of German Jewish refugees arriving in nearby Warsaw in the late 1930s; the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939; the destruction of his home; the death of his mother; his memories of German and Polish abuses; his decision to escape to Russia; his flight to the border town of Malkinia; his arrival and life in Bialystok; his return home in February 1940; his experiences under German occupation; his relocation to the ghetto; how he worked to build railroad tracks to Treblinka in 1942; his work with the Polish underground making false identity cards; his successful escape from the ghetto using a false identity; learning of his family's deportation to Treblinka; a second escape using a false identity; his time hiding in forests and on farms; how he obtained a travel passport in December 1944; how he travelled to Hannover to work as a Polish laborer; his liberation in Hannover by British troops; his experiences in a displaced persons camp; and his immigration to the United States.

Interviewee
Henry Kruger
Interviewer
Anne Feibelman
Claude Marger
Walter Partos
Lisa William-Zigmund
Date
1987 May 01  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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