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Oral history interview with Bert Fleming and Irene Fleming

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0160 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0430

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Bert Fleming and Irene Fleming describe how Bert grew up in Warsaw and Lódz; Bert’s family’s deportation to Hannover, Germany before Kristallnacht; Bert’s deportation from Hannover in 1938, receiving aid from the Joint Distribution Committee, and going through the camps; Irene witnessing people being smuggled from her ghetto and fleeing to Siberia; Irene holding on to her violin through her time in the camps; their experiences with Mordechai Chaim Rumkowski and his relationship with the Nazis in the Lódz ghetto; Bert having to shave his head and watch people steal food while in the camps; Bert’s work in several different factories and the transport of all of the goods he produced to Germany; and their immigration to New York and life after the war.

Interviewee
Irene S. Fleming
Bert Fleming
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
1996 May 17  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
5 sound cassettes (60 min.).