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Oral history interview with Bernard Benjamin Broclawski

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.26 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0026

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    Oral history interview with Bernard Benjamin Broclawski


    Interview Summary
    Bernard Broclawski, born January 27, 1917, describes his childhood in Pabianice, Poland; how he began to work at 13 to support his family; his socialist political leanings; his involvement in Jewish socialist organizations from 1936-1939; his awareness of political events in Germany; being drafted into the Polish Army; his time in Soviet-occupied Poland; reuniting with his father and brothers in Grodno, Poland (Hrodna, Belarus); his work as a machinist in Siberian coal mines in January 1940; his work as a German-language teacher in 1941; his arrest for giving a counter-revolutionary speech in 1943; his experiences in prison from 1944 to 1948; his release from prison and return to Poland in 1948; his marriage and the birth of his daughter; his involvement in workers' organizations; his studies at the University of Łódź; the increase of antisemitism in 1968; how and why he immigrated to the United States with his family; their immigration with the assistance of the HIAS (Hebrew Immigration Aid Society); and his life in the United States.
    Bernard Broclawski
    Gene Ayres
    Lois Kernan
    interview:  1992 April 23
    interview:  1992 June 24
    interview:  1991 December 19
    interview:  1991 November 12
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties

    Physical Details

    2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Personal Name
    Broclawski, Bernard.

    Administrative Notes

    The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with Bernard Benjamin Broclawski on November 12, 1991, December 19, 1991, April 23, 1992, and June 24, 1992. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project in October 1999.
    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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