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Oral history interview with Shalom Kooper

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.79 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0079

Shalom Kooper, born in March 1918 in Poland, describes his upbringing in an ardently Zionist family; his family’s move to Łódź, Poland; his unsuccessful attempt to immigrate to Palestine in 1939 shortly after the outbreak of war; the establishment of the Łódź Ghetto and his experiences there; his work in an orphanage in Łódź; the liquidation of the orphanage; cultural activities in the ghetto and the organization of youth movement; communists in the ghetto; working in a nail factory and a strike there; being deported to Auschwitz, where he stayed for two months; encountering one of his former students, Itzchak (Ilyia) Huberman; the camp orchestra and other cultural activities; experiencing a spiritual crisis; his arrival in Braunschweig, Germany, his work at Siemens at night; his journey to Ravensbrück; being liberated in Wobbelin; moving to Sweden and his work in Jewish schools there; being called to testify in the trial against Bokser after the war; and his immigration to Israel.

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Kooper, Shalom
interview:  1992 August 20
9 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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