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Oral history interview with Martin Radley

Oral History | Accession Number: 1993.A.0088.1 | RG Number: RG-50.002.0001

Martin Radley, born in 1924 in Beuthen, Germany (Bytom, Poland), describes his childhood; encountering antisemitism in 1933; attending Hebrew day school; his experiences during Kristallnacht; traveling to England as part of the Kindertransport; his host family in London's West End; the death of his parents and extended family in Beuthen at the hands of the Germans; his induction into the British Army in 1943; changing his name on the advice of his superior officer; his service as a translator; his contact with survivors from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp; hearing about the death march from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen; assisting a rabbi chaplain at Jewish funerals; his experience watching survivors beat a Kapo; the assistance of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Agency and the Hebrew Immigrant Aid and Sheltering Society to survivors of Bergen-Belsen; getting married to a Czech survivor and adopting her son; their two sons born after the war; immigrating to the United States in 1951; his wife's death in 1961; his conversations about the Holocaust with his children; and his feelings toward Jewish policemen and Kapos. Also contains photographs of Martin Radley in 1939 and 1993.


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Interviewee
Martin Radley
Interviewer
Joseph J. Preil
Date
interview:  1992 December 17
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Holocaust Resource Center at Kean University
 
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