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Oral history interview with Bernard Pasternak

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0177

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Bernard Pasternak, born on August 17, 1924 in Viseu de Sus, Romania, describes growing up in a Jewish family; moving into a ghetto with his family in 1940 and one month later being deported to Auschwitz; spending another month in Auschwitz and then going to Jawischowitz, a sub-camp of Auschwitz, to be a mechanic in a coal mine; going on a death march into Czechoslovakia in December 1944 and then being transported by train to Buchenwald, where he arrived in January 1945; staying in Buchenwald for a few days and then going to one of its sub-camps Ohrdruf, where he worked in a quarry; working in the quarry for a few months until he returned to Buchenwald, where he was liberated by the United States Army; traveling to Budapest, Hungary after his liberation; and immigrating to the United States in December 1949.

Interviewee
Mr. Bernard Pasternak
Interviewer
Sandra Bradley
Date
1994 April 21  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection