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Oral history interview with Zenek Maor

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.42 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0042

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    Oral history interview with Zenek Maor


    Interview Summary
    Zenick Maor, born August 9, 1923, in Wloclawek, Poland, describes his religious, Jewish family; his father, who was a factory owner; his family living comfortably until the German occupation; pre-war life, including his Hashomer Hatzair activities; the German restrictions and brutalities in Wloclawek; his father’s arrest and detainment for ransom; his family fleeing to Warsaw in January 1940; working at the age of 16 in various forced labor brigades, including the Okecie airfield in Warsaw; life in the Warsaw ghetto, including the Jewish police and the Hashomer Hatzair network of underground schools; his family encouraging him to escape the ghetto in 1942 because of the lack of food; being sent to various labor camps; the difficult work conditions; his ongoing belief in his own survival; the reasons that people could not escape from labor camps or from Auschwitz; his arrival at Auschwitz in the summer of 1943; his initial belief in the slogan “Work Makes You Free”; being selected to be killed with the other children and avoiding it; life in the camp, including the daily routine, work, treatment by Kapos, and latrine communication between prisoners; the death march from January 17, 1945 to May 10, 1945; being liberated by the Russian Army; returning to Poland and learning that no one from his family survived; and immigrating to Palestine in April 1947.
    Mr. Zenek Maor
    interview:  1987 October 20
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Maor, Zenek.

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Zenek Maor in Haifa, Israel on October 20, 1987. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on September 22, 1998.
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