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Oral history interview with Henry Kruger

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

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.

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Henry Kruger
Anne Feibelman
Claude Marger
Walter Partos
Lisa William-Zigmund
interview:  1987 May 01
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:25:30
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