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Oral history interview with Isaiah Henig

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0558 Duplicate 1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0054

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    Oral history interview with Isaiah Henig


    Interview Summary
    Isaiah Henig (né Yeshiah Henig), born in 1915, discusses his childhood in Szydlowiec, Poland; his family and the Jewish community; his religious upbringing; the absence of antisemitism before the war; changing anti-Jewish attitudes after the German occupation; the outbreak of the war and changes in daily life; being conscripted for forced labor; the creation of the ghetto; living conditions in the ghetto; working as a laborer in Starachowice, Poland; diseases in the camp; working to build replacement parts for machines; not believing reports about Jewish deaths; being deported to Birkenau in the summer of 1944; working in a factory; being moved to other concentration camps, including Mauthausen and Hannover; Allied bombing of the area; being deported to Bergen-Belsen; living conditions in the camp; his job building cannons; liberation by the British; moving to a displaced persons camp; immigrating to the United States in 1951; his life after the war; and his feelings about what happened.
    Isaiah Henig
    Esther Finder
    interview:  1996 November 22
    creation: Bethesda (Md.)

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Henig, Isaiah, 1915-

    Administrative Notes

    Esther Finder, a volunteer for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch conducted this interview with Isaiah Henig on November 22, 1996, in Bethesda, MD.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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