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Oral history interview with Isaac Kraicer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0224 | RG Number: RG-50.509.0001

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Isaac Kraicer, born March 22, 1925 in Gostynin, Poland, discusses his time in the Gostynin Ghetto with his family; the liquidation of the ghetto in 1942; the death of his family members in Chelmno concentration camp; his escape from the ghetto with his uncle; traveling to Strzegowo, where they escaped deportation; returning to Gostynin after his uncle was killed; being intercepted onto a transport of Polish men going to Germany as forced laborers; taking on the identity of a young Polish man (Stanislaw Gorlczyk); working in Porta, Westfalia where he received an arbeits-karte transferring him to work in Minden, Germany; fearing that in health inspections the doctor would notice that he was circumcised; not meeting a Jew the entire time he worked and thinking that he was the only survivor; obtaining an ID card with his real name after the war and realizing that he was free; going to Bergen-Belsen Displaced Persons camp and becoming active in the Haganah; moving to Palestine and joining the IDF to fight in the War of Independence and the Suez War; raising three children with wife Rachel Struczanski; and moving to Newton, Massachusetts where their youngest child was born.

Interviewee
Isaac Kraicer
Language
English
Extent
4 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Isaac Kraicer