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Oral history interview with Avraham Blander

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.18 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0018

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    Oral history interview with Avraham Blander


    Interview Summary
    Avraham Blander, born in Hrubieszów, Poland in 1923, recalls his family's orthodoxy; attending an ORT school; the German invasion; his brother fleeing to the Soviet Union; the Judenrat organizing forced labor and deportation lists; hiding during round-ups; being discovered; having to bury those killed in mass shootings; clearing former Jewish homes and sorting the goods; being deported with his sister and her husband to Budzyn in 1942; working as a locksmith; assistance from German civilian workers; being transferred to Mielec, then to Wieliczka in 1944; being separated from his sister; being transferred to Flossenbürg, then Leitmeritz; sharing extra food received from Czech workers with his brother-in-law; his transfer to Augsbürg, Dachau, and Landau; a death march to Trostberg; his brother-in-law's death; abandonment by the guards; assistance from local Germans; liberation by United States troops; non-Jewish Russian and Polish prisoners killing a cruel German foreman; returning to Hrubieszów; learning his sister and brother had been killed; meeting his future wife; antisemitic violence; their return to Trostberg; getting married; moving to Ulm, Germany and Marseille, France in preparation for immigration to Palestine; assistance from the Jewish Agency and UNRRA; immigrating to Israel in 1948; the births of his three children; and fighting in the Sinai and 1967 wars.
    Avraham Blander
    interview:  1992 March 05
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Personal Name
    Blander, Avraham, 1923-

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Avraham Blander in Israel on March 5, 1992, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. in February1995.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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