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Oral history interview with Dr. Henry Altschuler

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.52 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0052

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    Oral history interview with Dr. Henry Altschuler


    Interview Summary
    Dr. Henry Altschuler, born March 28, 1923 in Jaroslaw, Poland, describes being educated at both Cheder and public school, where he experienced some antisemitism; Jewish life in pre-war Poland and resistance to local pogroms; his flight to Rovno (Rivne, Ukraine) with his father because a policemen warned him to escape the invading Germans; briefly returning to Jaroslaw and escaping to Hrubieszów, Poland; life in the Russian-occupied zone and after the German invasion in June 1941; being interned in Jaktorow concentration camp from 1941 to 1942; his mother helping to get him out but being caught and rearrested later; being moved with his family into the Lubazuw ghetto; his family perishing; escaping and going into hiding with a Polish family until he was caught and sent to a work camp in Lemberg; escaping but getting caught again and put into a death cell at Locki prison with two former “Kommando 1008” Jews; witnessing many murders; receiving a reprieve before being executed and being transferred to the Lemberg labor camp, where all incoming Jews were executed and he was almost beaten to death; being in Płaszów camp for six months; being liberated by Russians in 1945 and returning to Lemberg; immigrating to the United States from Germany in September 1949; the lasting emotional and physical effects of his experiences; and the Poles and Ukrainians who collaborated with Nazi as well as those who helped with Jewish resistance efforts.
    Dr. Henry Altschuler
    interview:  1981 March 17
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Altschuler, Henry.

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Henry Altschuler in Philadelphia, PA on March 17, 1981. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on September 30, 1999.
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