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Oral history interview with Jack Widawski

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.25 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0025

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Jack Widawski, born on November 28, 1926 in Lodz, Poland, describes his parents, Victor and Esther Widasky; being raised in a traditional Jewish home; his family owning a jewelry shop; life in the Lodz ghetto, where he worked in a “engineering factory” on a milling machine; his father working at a food distribution center; the curfew in 1942 and the subsequent selections and deportations; the Judenrat members and his mixed feelings about the Jewish police; his mother dying in the ghetto in 1943; being deported to Auschwitz with his three sisters and father; staying with his father and surviving the selections together; volunteering with his father as tradesmen; being sent to Germany, where they worked in a car factory; the bombing of the factory and moving to another factory in Sigmar-Schoenau (located in Chemnitz, Germany); being put on a death march in April 1945; escaping with a friend and being liberated near the Czech border; finding his father again; his father getting married; the family immigrating to Australia in 1949; and his belief that it is important to “stick to Jewishness.”

Interviewee
Jack Widawski
Date
1996 January 17  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..