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Oral history interview with Avraham Blander

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

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.

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Avraham Blander
interview:  1992 March 05
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-04-21 07:09:21
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