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Oral history interview with Michael Vogel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0437 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0007

Michael Vogel, born in 1923, discusses how he survived Novaky, Auschwitz, Sachsenhausen, and Landsberg; being sent on a death march in March 1945; escaping the death march and being picked up by United States forces; the complicated way in which he finally arrived in the United States in May 1946; living in Detroit where he met his wife, Agnes Weisz Varga; attending the first gathering of Holocaust survivors in Israel in 1981 and the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1985; how his friend from Auschwitz, Erik Kulka, co-authored with Ota Kraus the book, The Death Factory; how Claude Lanzmann’s film “Shoah,” was a most authentic portrayal; how he continues to have nightmares and phobias resulting from time spent in the camps; becoming a serious soccer player and coach; being awarded the Jefferson Award in 1996, a national recognition of his devotion to charitable works; how he is asked on many occasions to take part in Holocaust events around the country, including a presentation to the United States Supreme Court; and his feelings that future holocausts can be prevented by education and acceptance of people on an equal basis.

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Michael Vogel
Dan Gedimen
interview:  1997 July 10
4 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2023-06-02 08:46:22
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