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Oral history interview with Jack Baum

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0424

Jack Baum, born July 9, 1918, discusses his childhood in Warsaw, Poland; his career as a furrier; the occupation of Warsaw by the Germans in 1939; the disappearance of his father and the murder of his mother; the building of the Warsaw ghetto; conditions in the ghetto and his involvement in smuggling furs; his involvement in the underground movement in the ghetto and constructing bunkers for protection; hiding in the bunkers and his discovery by the Germans; and his deportation to Majdanek concentration camp, transfer to Auschwitz; going to Buchenwald and pretending to be a tailor; being beaten by a Kapo; developing friendships in the camps; being liberated from Buchenwald in 1945; being sent by the 7th Army to Landsberg am Lech, Germany; going to Salzheim, where he met his future wife; and immigrating to the United States in 1949.

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Jack Baum
Randy M. Goldman
interview:  1995 December 16
Oral histories.
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).