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Oral history interview with Albert Katz

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

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

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 Flossenburg, 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.)

Interviewee
Albert A. Katz
Date
1996 May 21  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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