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Oral history interview with Joe Baumgarten

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1316 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1316

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Joe Baumgarten, born in Poland, discusses his experiences during the Holocaust; his deportation at the age of 14, with two brothers and two sisters, to Auschwitz; being separated from his sisters, who were sent to another camp; his work in a commando assisting unloading prisoners upon their arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau; learning about the killing machine at the camp from his oldest brother who was a member of the Sonderkommano; his brother's escape with others and their capture; witnessing his brother's execution; being a subject of medical experiments at Auschwitz in which one of his testicles was removed; his liberation outside of Munich, Germany in May 1945; learning that one sister had survived; returning to Poland to bring her with him Frankfurt; his immigration to the United States in 1949; bringing his sister to San Diego, CA, where he settled in 1950; his life, marriage, family, and career in the United States; and his ambivalent emotions about talking about his experiences and trying to forget them.

Joe Baumgarten
1983 April 13  (interview)
1 sound cassette (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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