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Oral history interview with Nathan Fox

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.15 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0015

Nathan Fox (ne Fäks), born in 1916 in Łowicz, Poland, discusses growing up in a religious family; being one of four children; his first experience with antisemitism; his brother’s death from tuberculosis; the fleeing of his other brother and sister to Russia in the fall of 1939; staying because of his future wife; being sent to the Łódź Ghetto; their struggles to find food; conditions in the ghetto; the death of their infant daughter; going into hiding; being sent to Kielce; working on the ghetto’s bread distribution truck; working long hours; never losing his hope; being sent to Buchenwald in a cattle train car; unloading another train car in which all the passengers had frozen to death; the daily marches to Weimar; his strategies for survival; being sent out of Buchenwald on a march and then taken by train; the release of the prisoners from the train and the disappearance of the German guards; being rescued by the Red Cross; returning to Łódź; going to a displace persons camp; reuniting with his wife; having a son; immigrating to the United States; being quarantined in Boston because his son had measles; arriving in Chicago, IL; his wife’s depression and subsequent suicide; processing his Holocaust experiences and spending two years in a mental recovery facility; his second marriage in 1953; his son who became a psychiatrist; his grandchildren; his nightmares; and his reflections on the Holocaust.

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Nathan Fox
interview:  1991 August 05
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:07:03
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