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Oral history interview with Ya'akov Eisner

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.34 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0034

Ya'akov Eisner, born 1904 in Czestochowa, Poland, recounts attending Jewish and Polish schools; starvation during World War I; his marriage and the births of two of his children; leaving his family to work in Paris for two years during the Depression; the German invasion; ghettoization; his mother's murder by Germans in 1942; burying her; his deportation with his wife and children to Treblinka; his selection as a carpenter (his family was killed); sadistic public executions; escaping; assistance from a local non-Jews who brought him to Jewish partisans; fleeing when other non-Jews approached; returning to the Czestochowa ghetto via Warsaw with assistance from non-Jews; his marriage to a cousin; slave labor; being deported; escaping from the train; returning to Czestochowa (now a camp); liberation with his wife by Soviet troops; his immigration to Israel; and being a witness at a war criminal trial of S.S. men in Düsseldorf.

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Ya'akov Eisner
interview:  1992 June 18
4 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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