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Oral history interview with Jack Fruchtengarten

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

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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.)

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