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Oral history interview with Barry Bruk

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.345.5 | RG Number: RG-50.005.0005

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Barry Bruk, born in Lódz, Poland in 1924, describes his Orthodox family; finishing school before the war started; reading the Jewish and Polish newspapers before the ghetto was blocked in; his encounters with antisemitism; life in the ghetto and how it deteriorated after the ghetto was closed in; becoming a sewing machine mechanic; the daily transports from the ghetto; hearing rumors about the war and the German treatment of the deported Jews; the liquidation of the ghetto hospital; being deported from the ghetto with his family; being separated from his mother at Birkenau; being sent to Dresden, Germany, where he worked in a mill; the bombings and not being allowed in the shelters; being transferred to another factory, where he was an electrician; stealing a pot of soup from the kitchen and sharing it with the people in the camp hospital; running from the camp on May 8, 1945 after the SS guards had disappeared; returning to Lódz, where he stayed in a Jewish community house; his desire to leave Europe; and going to Canada.

Interviewee
Barry Bruk
Date
1983 March 05  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
1 sound recording : WAV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the University of California, Los Angeles