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Oral history interview with Bernard Offen

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.209 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0209

Bernard Offen, born on April 17, 1929 in Kraków, Poland, discusses his childhood in Kraków; his early experiences with antisemitism; the events he witnessed during the German invasion of Poland in 1939; his experiences in the Kraków Ghetto starting in 1941; the deportations of many family members; hiding from raids; being deported to Płaszów in 1943; his narrow escape from Płaszów; hiding in a nearby camp with a family member; being deported to Mauthausen; his subsequent deportation to Auschwitz in August 1944; his experiences in Auschwitz; being transferred in October to a subcamp of Dachau near Landsberg; his experiences in the subcamp; being on a death march in May 1945; being liberated by the United States Army; his search for other surviving family members; the fates of the rest of his family; immigrating to the United Kingdom after the war; his subsequent immigration to the United States; enlisting in the United States Army to serve in the Korean War; his life after the war; returning to Poland to conduct tours of Holocaust-related sites; and the time he spends speaking about his personal experiences.

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Offen, Mr. Bernard
French, Nigel
Neuberg, Joel
Prozan, Sylvia
Antelman, Judith
interview:  1995 March 18
3 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:13:12
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