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Oral history interview with Jack Ahrens

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0046 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0037

Jack Ahrens (né Yakob Aronczyk), born in 1921, discusses his pre-war life in Lida, Belarus; going to L'viv, Ukraine in 1940; his experiences living in hiding; being arrested by Russian soldiers; his life in a displaced persons camp in Chianchetta, Italy; daily life in L'viv after the war; the black market; the importance of education; meeting his wife; studying in Turin, Italy; immigrating to the United States; reuniting with his mother in New York; attending the University of Illinois; becoming a member of Tau Delta Phi fraternity; changing his name when he became an American citizen; his feelings about Israel and religion; moving to Cleveland, OH; moving to New York; starting a family; his views on Zionism; the 1960s race riots in New York; going back to Italy; and his feelings on genocide in other parts of the world.

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Ahrens, Jack
Michel, Karen
interview:  1999 January 27
Oral histories.
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:09:46
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