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Oral history interview with Benjamin Hildesheim

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0119 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0023

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Benjamin (Beniek) Hildesheim discusses his childhood in Sieradz, Poland; his experiences with antisemitism and Jewish persecution in Sieradz before the Holocaust; his time in the ghettos of Sieradz and Lódz, Poland; his adoption by Chaim Rumkowski; his imprisonment at Auschwitz, Babice/Babitz (a small agricultural camp west of Auschwitz), and Buchenwald concentration camps; his participation in a death march to Theresienstadt, where he remained until liberation; his time in Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), immediately after liberation; his immigration to Palestine in the first Aliyah after World War II in 1945; his participation in the Israel-Arab War of 1948 to 1949; and his life in Brazil and the United States after 1962.

Interviewee
Benjamin Hildesheim
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
1996 March 26  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).