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Oral history interview with Jacob Button

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0159.20 | RG Number: RG-50.472.0020

Jacob Button, born on August 5, 1905 in Salonika (Thessalonike), Greece, describes surviving the Holocaust, along with his wife and two children, due to their Spanish citizenship; his family’s unsuccessful attempt to escape from German occupied Salonika by boat to Athens when the deportations began in March 1943; his wife and children successfully escaping to Athens by train; being arrested, interrogated, and incarcerated for four months; being freed with the help of the Spanish government; going to Athens in the summer of 1943; the German occupation of Athens after September 1943; being sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp with his family seven months later; how they were treated better than other prisoners, but food rations diminished during the last months of the war; witnessing the brutal treatment of the general prison population in Bergen-Belsen; being liberated by British troops on April 15, 1945; and his family’s hope to immigrate to Palestine.

Jacob Button
David P. Boder
interview:  1946 August 05
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from the Library of Congress