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Oral history interview with Albert Katz

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.56 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0056

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    Oral history interview with Albert Katz


    Interview Summary
    Albert A Katz, born in Hungary, discusses his mother, Madia, and father, Martin, who was a farmer in Czechoslovakia and employed many non-Jews; growing up in a religious and Kosher home; having three sisters and three brothers; attending a secular school in Berehove, Czechoslovakia (now in Ukraine); being a pharmacist; owning a shop from 1937 to 1941 in Irshava, Czechoslovakia (now in Ukraine); the Hungarian occupation; being taken in 1941 to a forced labor camps; the German occupation; being forced to build airports and dig tank trenches; living in stables with other Jews as well as Jehovah Witnesses; Hungarian crews hanging the prisoners by their arms, a practice which the Germans stopped as it prevented the prisoners from being able to work; being taken to Bor, Yugoslavia (now in Serbia) where they worked in copper mines for the Germans; being marched from Bor to Flossenbürg, Germany; being taken to Dresden to clean up the city after the bombings; being taken to work in copper mines in Germany; being sent to Theresienstadt; being liberated; contracting typhus; convalescing in a hospital; a friend taking him to Pilsen, Germany (Plzeň, Czech Republic); getting married to a Slovakian survivor; going to the United States in 1948 with his wife and son; working at a night club for 12 years; immigrating to Australia in 1960 because his wife’s family lived there; telling his children about his war-time experiences. (The interviewee shows family photographs and a letter from his mother at the end of the interview.)
    Albert A. Katz
    Kitia Altman
    interview:  1996 May 21

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Katz, Albert, 1913-

    Administrative Notes

    The Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre conducted the interview on May 21, 1996, in Melbourne, Australia. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acquired the tape of the interview in July 1996.
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