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Oral history interview with Josef Reiner

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1280.14 | RG Number: RG-50.225.0014

Josef Reiner, born in 1921 in Krzeszowice, Poland, discusses growing up in Kraków; having a comfortable childhood; attending secular and religious schools; having cordial relations with non-Jews; participating in Hashomer Hatzair; the ending his education due to Jewish quotas; the German invasion; fleeing to Tarnobrzeg with his parents; their return to Kraków; forced resettlement in Borek Szlachecki, Borek Fałęcki, and Samborek; hospitalization with assistance from a non-Jewish physician; joining his parents in Prokocim; doing forced labor for a German railroad company; ghettoization in Kraków; round-ups, selections, and deportations; smuggling food; working at a military factory; being transferred to Płaszów in March 1943; surviving execution by Amon Goeth (he was left for dead); prisoners hiding him during a six week recovery; public hangings and executions by Goeth; evacuation to Częstochowa; his assignment to the kitchen; smuggling food; liberation by Soviet troops; returning to Kraków; resuming his studies; working in a clothing cooperative; his marriage; testifying at Goeth's trial; his present fears arising from his experiences; believing his survival was due to luck; and how only one of his relatives survived.

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Josef Reiner
Barbara Engelking-Boni
interview:  1995 May 13
3 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:32:14
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