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Oral history interview with Friedrich Hillman

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.65 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0065

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    Oral history interview with Friedrich Hillman


    Interview Summary
    Friedrich Hillman, born in Vienna, Austria in 1919, discusses living in a mixed neighborhood with his parents and his sister; the Germans entering Austria 1938; trying to escape to Czechoslovaka; escaping to Luxembourg; going to Brussels, Belgium with his parents; being sent to a work camp near Perpignan, France in May 1940 and escaping; trying to join the Foreign Legion and cross into Spain; being sent to Drancy and then Auschwitz; going to Gogolin and the conditions there; being sent to Blechhammer; conditions in the camp, including the people, children, women, prostitutes, and black market; hangings in the camp and abuses by Kapos; the escape attempts; going on a three-week march to Gross Rosen; being transported to Buchenwald; the American bombardment of Blechhammer; going to Flossenbürg and Mauthausen; being liberated at Mauthausen; the communist underground at Buchenwald; going to a hospital in Switzerland (St Galien); being reunited with his mother and sister in Brussels; and immigrating to Israel in 1949.
    Friedrich Hillman
    interview:  1991 July 02
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

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

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    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Friedrich Hillman in Israel on July 2, 1991, 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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