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Oral history interview with Irving Wolf

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1989.346.80 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0080

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    Oral history interview with Irving Wolf

    Overview

    Interview Summary
    Irving Wolf, born in October 1915 in Chust, Czechoslovakia (now Khust, Ukraine), describes being the youngest of his six brothers and one sister; attending cheder and public school; antisemitism in the public school; his mother’s store; being drafted into the Czech Army in 1938-1939; the German occupation in 1939 and being an interpreter for the Germans for a few weeks; being called to the Hungarian Army for six weeks; going to Budapest, Hungary; being in jail for 18 months from 1941-1942; escaping from a Hungarian concentration camp; being arrested and escaping again; the survival of his brother’s children, who were hidden and passed as Catholics; the ghetto and Judenrat (Jewish council) in Budapest; being deported with his parents to Auschwitz-Birkenau; getting sick after fasting on Yom Kippur; being liberated in Mauthausen; being taken to the hospital; working odd jobs after his release; and the importance of educating children about the Holocaust.
    Interviewee
    Irving Wolf
    Date
    interview:  1987 August 30
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

    Physical Details

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

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Wolf, Irving, 1915-

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois (now Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center) conducted the interview with Irving Wolf on August 30, 1987. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History branch received the tape of the interview from the Holocaust Memorial Foundation of Illinois on December 12, 1989.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 08:07:23
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