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Oral history interview with Stefan Kucharek

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.6 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0006

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    Oral history interview with Stefan Kucharek


    Interview Summary
    Stefan Kucharek, born in Małkinia, Poland in 1922, discusses Małkinia's prewar Jewish community; training as a train engineer in 1939 to avoid forced labor; working as an engine driver delivering French and Polish Jewish prisoners to Treblinka; general details about the transport process; geographical details about the train station and Treblinka’s entrance; finding bottles of expensive alcohol on a transport train from France; atrocities committed by Ukrainian guards; the atmosphere of fear during the war; the Treblinka revolt; Himmler’s visit to Treblinka; the trade for goods that grew between local villagers and camp guards; and his assistance to Jews who escaped across the border to Russia.
    Stefan Kucharek
    Michal Sobelman
    Edward Kopolwka
    interview:  1998 March 12
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Kucharek, Stefan.

    Administrative Notes

    This is a witness interview of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Perpetrators, Collaborators, and Witnesses: The Jeff and Toby Herr Testimony Initiative, a multi-year project to record the testimonies of non-Jewish witnesses to the Holocaust. The interview was directed and supervised by Nathan Beyrak. Michal Sobelman and Alina Skibinska conducted the interview with Stefan Kucharek in Treblinka, Poland, on March 12, 1998, for the Polish Witnesses to the Holocaust Project.The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview on November 13, 1998.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    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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