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Oral history interview with Joseph Hanfeld

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

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    Oral history interview with Joseph Hanfeld


    Interview Summary
    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 Płaszów; 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.
    Joseph Hanfeld
    interview:  1992 June 10
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

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

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Hanfeld, Joseph, 1921-

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Joseph Hanfeld in Israel on June 10, 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 February 1995.
    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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