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Oral history interview with Mendel Herskovitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0159.8 | RG Number: RG-50.472.0008

Mendel Herskovitz, a Jewish displaced person, discusses his memories of the German invasion of Poland, and how the Jews of Lódz attempted to flee during the invasion; his family's experiences in the Lódz ghetto; his memories of Chaim Rumkowski (Mordecai Ḥayim Rumkowski), the Jewish elder in Lódz; his father's work as a locksmith and the various shops and industries in the Lódz ghetto; his time doing forced labor camp and ammunition factory in Czestochowa, Poland; his time in Skarzysko-Kamienna concentration camp working in a large ammunition factory; his memories of the evacuations of Czestochowa and Skarzysko-Kamienna concentration camps; his experiences in Buchenwald concentration camp; his experiences with SS guards during Buchenwald's liberation; his encounter with a Jewish-American soldier during Buchenwald's liberation; his brief time in Dachau concentration camp; and his life in France learning the fur trade after liberation. At the conclusion of the interview, David Boder conducts a Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) with Herskovitz.

Interviewee
Mendel Herskovitz
Interviewer
David P. Boder
Date
1946 July 31  (interview)
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from the Library of Congress
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