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Oral history interview with Avraham Benesh

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.227 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0227

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Avraham Benesh (né Adolph Benesh), born on November 17, 1906 in Moravia, Czech Republic, discusses his childhood years and family life; his move to Brno, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), to attend law school; activities with the Zionist organization in Brno; enlisting in the army and going to officer school near Terezin; opening an independent bureau in Brno; his family life; the outbreak of WWI in 1914 when he was 8 years old and songs of that time; going to Prague, Czech Republic in 1939 and working with Jacob Edelstein; life in the Terezin (Theresienstadt) ghetto; his work and social and cultural life in Terezin; preparations for the Red Cross visit in spring 1944; transport to Auschwitz; being taken in a cattle train to Dachau and Kaufering IV; the camp and work in the forest, and the cement works from October to April; a typhoid outbreak and other diseases in the camp; social relations in the camp and how he kept his spirits up; a four day death march to camp Allach; liberation by Americans; traveling to Prague to reunite with his mother and brother; involvement with Zionist activities and becoming director of the "JOINT" (American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, JDC) in Prague; immigration to Israel; and Israeli society's treatment of Holocaust survivors.

Interviewee
Avraham Benesh
Date
1995 November 02  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
5 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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