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Oral history interview with Shalom Kooper

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

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    Oral history interview with Shalom Kooper


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Shalom Kooper
    interview:  1992 August 20
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

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

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Topical Term
    Communists--Poland--Łódź. Concentration camp inmates--Intellectual life. Forced labor. Holocaust survivors--Israel. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Psychological aspects. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Religious aspects--Judaism. Identification (Religion) Jewish children--Crimes against--Poland. Jewish councils--Poland--Łódź. Jewish ghettos--Poland--Łódź. Jewish teachers--Poland. Jewish teachers--Sweden. Jewish youth--Poland--Societies and clubs. Jews--Social life and customs. Orphanages--Poland--Łódź. Starvation--Poland--Łódź. Strikes and lockouts--Poland--Łódź. Synagogues--Destruction and pillage--Poland--Łódź. War crime trials. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Liberation. World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Songs and music. Zionists. Men--Personal narratives.

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Shalom Kooper in Israel on August 20, 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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