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Oral history interview with Joe Baumgarten

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

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.

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Joe Baumgarten
interview:  1983 April 13
1 sound cassette (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 09:25:39
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