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Oral history interview with Joseph Hanfeld

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.62 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0062

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Joseph Hanfeld, born on December 27, 1921, in Borislav (Boryslav), Ukraine, describes his family; the Zionist youth movement; the relations between Jews and non-Jews in Borislav; his childhood and adolescence; Polish politics before World War II and the roots of antisemitism; what happened to the Jews when the Germans entered Borislav; life under the Russians’ progroms; a large Action in June 1942; the Lvov and Yanov camps; escaping a deportation and continuing to work; the establishment and liquidation of the Borislav ghetto; being sent to the Yanovksa work camp; escaping back to Borislav and being sent to Plaszów; working in salt mines in Walewkie and being sent to Mauthausen, where he worked in the stone quarry; being sent to Linz II camp; being liberated by the Americans at Linz; traveling to Budapest, Hungary in 1945; going to Austria and Italy to lead groups of refugees across borders; spending seven months in Belgium organizing refugee camps; going to Marseille, France, and by boat to Palestine; and his views on war crime trials.

Interviewee
Joseph Hanfeld
Date
1992 June 10  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
4 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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