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Oral history interview with Joseph Engel

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1263.8 | RG Number: RG-50.166.0008

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    Oral history interview with Joseph Engel


    Interview Summary
    Joseph Engel, born in Zakroczym, Poland on October 9, 1927, discusses being one of nine children; growing up poor; attending public school; the antisemitism in Poland; Jewish life in Zakroczym; the beginning of the war in 1939 and the destruction of his town; his family’s move to Warsaw for a few months then to Plonsk; living in the ghetto in a synagogue with other families; his brothers having to do forced labor; the lack of education, resistance, and organization in the ghetto; the deportation of all the people in the ghetto in 1942; going in open cattle cars to Birkenau; arriving in the camp and being sent to Buna (Monowitz); life in the camp; being evacuated in January 1945 and jumping from the train; joining the partisans in Poland for two months and his work with them; being imprisoned by the Russians for 24 hours; avoiding Polish services by going to a displaced persons camp in Frankfurt am Main, Germany in July 1945; finding his sister, who survived Bergen-Belsen, and two of his brothers; going to the United States; settling in Charleston, SC; how life was lonely and he worked as a peddler; going to New York, NY; returning to Charleston and starting a cleaning business; and his gratitude for the freedom in the US.
    Joseph Engel
    Tom Downey
    interview:  1991 September 26

    Physical Details

    1 videotape reel (1" Type C) : sound, color ; 1 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Engel, Joseph, 1927-

    Administrative Notes

    The South Carolina Council on the Holocaust and South Carolina Educational Television conducted the interview on September 26, 1991. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview in April 1995.
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