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Oral history interview with Henry Nusbaum

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.345.44 | RG Number: RG-50.005.0044

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Henry Nusbaum, born in Żyrardów, Poland, describes moving to Warsaw, where he was raised and attended school; his father's job in the wholesale food business and his attempts to care for his family; his naivety about the events taking place in Europe; the daily bombardments of Warsaw and the scarcity of food and water; the German invasion of Warsaw; leaving Warsaw with one of his brothers and a friend to live and work in Byelorussia (Belarus); returning to Warsaw when the ghetto walls were going up; being involved in smuggling food and goods from the outside of the ghetto with his father and brother and then being arrested; the typhus epidemic in the ghetto; escaping the ghetto and living with peasants in the countryside; his sisters and parents later joining him; his flight and capture when the Germans came looking for boys to fight in the army; being sent to Janiszów labor camp with other Jews; being transferred to Budzyn work camp in 1942; being sent to Tomaszów then Auschwitz; avoiding hard labor because of his mechanical abilities; being sent to another camp, where he was a cook; being transferred to several other camps via cattle cars towards the end of the war; being liberated by the Swiss Red Cross; managing to piece together an existence, find food and shelter, and begin a search for family; his pessimistic attitude after the war; and his hope that along with others he will be able to help the world from experiencing another Holocaust.

Interviewee
Henry Nusbaum
Date
1983 April 30  (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
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