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Oral history interview with Jurek Kestenberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0159.9 | RG Number: RG-50.472.0009

Jurek Kestenberg, a Jewish displaced person, discusses his memories of the occupation of Warsaw, Poland, by the Germans; his experiences in hiding in the Warsaw ghetto where his family built a bunker under their home; his memories of the Warsaw ghetto uprising and the destruction of the ghetto by fire; his experiences at the "Umschlagplatz" after the evacuation of the Warsaw ghetto; his escape from a transport of Warsaw children to Treblinka by train; the gunshot wound he received in his leg during his escape from the Treblinka transport; his return to Warsaw and his family's eventual deportation to Majdanek concentration camp near Lublin, Poland; his experiences in Majdanek including the appels, gassing of prisoners, and encounters with the Ukrainian guards in the camp; his transfer to Skarzysko-Kamienna concentration camp where he was forced to labor as a stoker on a locomotive ferrying ammunition; his experiences with a Jewish doctor in Skarzysko-Kamienna; his transfer to Buchenwald concentration camp; how Buchenwald prisoners retaliated against the SS guards from the camp shortly before liberation by Allied troops; and his journey from Buchenwald to France with aid from the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA). David Boder administers the Thematic Apperception Test (TAT) at the conclusion of the interview. After the TAT, youth from Chateau de Boucicaut perform songs from Buchenwald. Also includes a portion of the interview with Kalman Eisenberg from spool 12B.
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Jurek Kestenberg
David P. Boder
interview:  1946 July 31
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Library of Congress
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 12:46:31
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