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Oral history interview with Avraham Blubshtein

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.236 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0236

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Avraham Blubshtein, born in a small town in Czechoslovakia, describes being one of seven children; his family's farm; attending public school and cheder, locally, then in Irshava, Ukraine; his bar mitzvah; attending yeshiva in Uzhhorod, Ukraine; learning to be a tailor in Bergovo (Berehove, Ukraine); the Hungarian occupation; moving to Budapest, Hungary in 1938; joining the Communist party; his arrest; being sent home; returning to Budapest; his sister joining him; anti-Jewish restrictions; a non-Jew helping him escape from a labor detail; returning home, then back to Budapest three weeks later; his draft into a Hungarian slave labor battalion in October 1942; forced labor near Komárom, Hungary, then Transylvania; digging an underground fuel dump; visiting his parents in December 1943; being transferred to German custody in Bucsu, Hungary; digging bunkers; his assignment to the detail obtaining food for the camp in Szombathely, Hungary; a death march to Mauthausen, then Gunskirchen; abandonment by German guards; liberation by United States troops; traveling in a group to Wels displaced persons camp; being hospitalized for typhus; traveling to Prague, Czech Republic; locating relatives with assistance from the UNRRA; reuniting with a sister in Budapest; traveling to Berehove; reuniting with another sister and a brother; traveling to Budapest; his sister and brother returning to Czechoslovakia (they were trapped there when the border closed); and preparing for immigration to Palestine. Mr. Blubshtein notes learning his parents were deported to Auschwitz, and that his father had been in Dachau as well (they did not survive).

Interviewee
Avraham Blubshtein
Date
1995 June 01  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
2 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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