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Oral history interview with Jack Klinger

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.75 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0075

Jack Klinger, born on September 22, 1920, in Poland, describes his family and their move to Trier, Germany when he was five; his father experiencing antisemitism and their subsequent move to Palma de Mallorca, Spain, in 1934; his family’s move to Paris, France when the Germans arrived in Spain in 1936; his unsuccessful attempt to leave Paris before the German occupation; being among 5000 Jews who were taken by train on May 14, 1941 to Pithiviers concentration camp; details about the camp; being transported in June 1942 to Auschwitz; the Polish underground in the camp, the Canada section, Kapos, and saving his brother multiple times; saving people by falsifying records; being selected to go to Birkenau in June 1942; the population of the camp, daily routine, and his work in the records office; being transferred in October 1944 to the Heinkel Werke airplane factory and from there to Kaufering camp near Dachau; his work; being taken in April 1945 to a camp of Russian POWs; he describes this camp, Buchenberg, and the prisoners' survival until liberation by the Americans; being reunited with his parents; being a witness in the trials of two kapos and of SS Hess; experiencing psychological problems and trying to adjust to normal life; and his later immigration to Israel.

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Klinger, Jack
interview:  1991 September 03
7 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:18:58
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