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Oral history interview with Jack Fruchtengarten

Oral History | Accession Number: 1994.A.0449.2 | RG Number: RG-50.090.0002

Jack Fruchtengarten, born on August 28, 1924 in Opole Lubelskie, Poland, discusses being one of five children in an observant family; being educated through seventh grade, and attending cheder for a Jewish education; the Nazi invasion of Poland; fleeing with his brother towards the Russian border (they were the only survivors of their extended family in Poland); being separated from his brother (both made it to Russia); being imprisoned and sentenced to five years in a work camp in Siberia with thousands of other Polish refugees, both Jewish and non-Jewish; receiving assistance from many people because of his age; learning some tailoring skills, and managing to survive until the Poles were released from Russian prisons and forced to sign up for military service; choosing to join the Polish Army and taking a multi-month train trip to the Black Sea, where he was supposed to find the army; going to Palestine and then England; working in the Air Force intelligence from 1942 until the end of the war; writing letters to relatives in the United States and in Argentina; receiving support from an aunt and uncle in Portland, Oregon and immigrating to the US at the age of 25; his life in the US; attending school; opening his own clothing store (called the Golden Beau in 1965); getting married in 1971; his son Zachary; divorcing in 1988; and retiring in 1993. (This summary was adapted from the interview’s record on the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education.)


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Interviewee
Jack Fruchtengarten
Interviewer
Erik Harper
Date
interview:  1994 May 26
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
 
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