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Oral history interview with Michael Vogel

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

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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.

Interviewee
Michael Vogel
Interviewer
Dan Gedimen
Date
1997 July 10  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
4 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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