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Oral history interview with Mark Weinberg

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.346.75 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0075

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    Oral history interview with Mark Weinberg


    Interview Summary
    Mark Weinberg, born on February 17, 1912 in Warsaw, Poland, describes his six brothers and two sisters; growing up in a very religious, middle class family; attending a private grammar school, a mechanic school, and business school; being in the Polish Army; antisemitism; his work selling motorcycles and bikes; going to Germany for work in the later 1930s and the Nazi propaganda; fighting the Germans as part of the second battalion and the quick Polish loss; not registering as a Jew; being sent to the Warsaw citadel, where he prepared rifles; living in the Christian Polish section of Warsaw; passing as non-Jewish; his work smuggling materials for an underground political rights group; leaving Warsaw in July 1942, posing as a Christian Pole, and being taken to Vienna, Austria; being taken to work in the factory in Auschwitz; leaving the factory and returning to Warsaw; working in Vienna at a post office; the sabotage of trains; providing Polish spies with information; being arrested in March 1943 and beaten up by the Gestapo; attempting suicide; being taken to three jails and to several different camps before he was taken to Auschwitz in September 1943; arriving after the Jewish New Year and singing Jewish songs from Yom Kippur; being classified as a political prisoner; being sent to Birkenau; managing to get out of the line for the gas chamber; living in Block 29; being put to work in the kitchen by the underground and sneaking food to others; being near the uprising in the crematorium; being sent to Oranienburg to work as a mechanic in a bomber factory; being sent to Sachsenhausen for two weeks; being sent to Dachau; being liberated by the US Army; and the importance of fighting antisemitism.
    Mark Weinberg
    interview:  1991 August 20
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Weinberg, Mark, 1912-

    Administrative Notes

    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with Mark Weinberg on August 20, 1991. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the tape of the interview from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois on October 16, 1992.
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