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Oral history interview with Jack Ahrens

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

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    Oral history interview with Jack Ahrens


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Jack Ahrens
    Karen Michel
    interview:  1999 January 27
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    4 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Ahrens, Jack, 1921-

    Administrative Notes

    Karen Michel, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the interview with Jack Ahrens on July 28, 1994 in Queens, NY.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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