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Oral history interview with Jechiel Gutman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.62 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0062

Jechiel Gutman, born in February 1914 in Poland, discusses his father Chaim and mother; his three brothers and two sisters; having five uncles on his mother’s side; his grandfathers, Chaim and Yitzhak; growing up in a religious home and speaking only Yiddish; attending a cheder for a while and working in a knitting factory at age 16; learning the knitting trade in Czestochowa, Poland and then going to Łódź, Poland to work; bringing his family to Łódź; living in Dundegasse, which was a working area; working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week; working at home making jumpers to sell in the local market; the prevalence of antisemitism and occasionally being beaten up for being Jewish; being forced to work in Germany at the beginning of the war, building a road near Stuttgart; returning to Łódź and living in the ghetto with his family circa 1940; working in a knitting factory and transporting alcohol to men who guarded the ghetto; the two halves of the ghetto, which were connected by two bridges; his wife and sister working in hospitals in the ghetto; his father’s death at age 52 in 1942; being ordered with his family to the train station on August 28, 1944; being taken to Auschwitz; the selections; the deaths of his wife, mother, and sisters; going to Australia after the war; his knitting factory in Australia; and getting remarried and having two children.

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Jechiel Gutman
Geri Kras
interview:  1996 July 09
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:10:21
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