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Oral history interview with Thomas Blatt

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.345.3 | RG Number: RG-50.005.0003

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    Oral history interview with Thomas Blatt

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    Thomas Blatt, born in Izbica Lubelska, Poland, describes the Jewish community; hearing about Kristallnacht; the German invasion; the restrictions placed on Jews and the ghetto; his town becoming a collection point for other Polish Jews; the Judenrat ordering people to work; the roundup and deportation of Jews; receiving false papers and heading towards Hungary; being caught and escaping; going to a hospital and surviving a massacre of the Jewish patients; traveling home with false papers given to him by a doctor; being taken to Sobibór with his family in April 1943; the selections and meeting the German SS officer Karl Frenzel; his methods for surviving psychologically; the organized revolt in the camp and escaping; hiding out and receiving help from farmers; going to Izbica Lubelska but returning to the forest to hide; being taken care of by a farmer; the famer killing some of the people hiding with him and trying to kill him; his various hiding places; liberation but still being under threat; going to Lublin, Poland; not wanting to escape his memories; and teaching people about the revolt in Sobibór.
    Interviewee
    Thomas Blatt
    Date
    interview:  1983 June 19
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the University of California, Los Angeles

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Extent
    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Topical Term
    Concentration camp escapes. Concentration camp inmates--Selection process. Concentration camps--Psychological aspects. Hiding places--Poland. Holocaust survivors--United States--Interviews. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives. Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Study and teaching. Identification cards--Poland. Jewish councils--Poland--Izbica Lubelska. Jewish ghettos--Poland--Izbica Lubelska. Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.--Poland. Jews--Persecutions--Poland. Jews--Poland--Izbica Lubelska. Kapos. Massacre survivors--Poland. Passing (Identity)--Poland. Star of David badges. Typhoid fever. World War, 1939-1945--Conscript labor--Poland. World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Poland. World War, 1939-1945--Jewish resistance--Poland--Sobibór. World War, 1939-1945--Underground movements--Poland--Sobibór. Men--Personal narratives. Uprisings.

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch produced these interviews in cooperation with the University of California, Los Angeles. Both institutions house copies of the interviews.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 07:57:29
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