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Oral history interview with Gabriel Drimer

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.56 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0056

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    Oral history interview with Gabriel Drimer


    Interview Summary
    Gabriel Drimer, born May 2, 1922 in Dubova, Czechoslovakia, describes his family’s bakery; studying at the yeshiva in Bratislava, Slovakia; apprenticing to learn tailoring and design; belonging to B'nai Akiva, an Orthodox Zionist organization; how anti-Jewish measures, confiscations, and deportations were instituted after the Hungarian army invaded in 1940 and relations between Jews and non-Jews changed; witnessing mass murder of Jews, including his relatives, in Kamenets-Podolski (Ukraine) in 1941; stopping the deportation of his family because of his good relations with the local police; visiting his family in the Taitch ghetto in October 1943 while he was in a labor camp; the death of most his family in Auschwitz; the death of one brother on the Russian front and another brother while working with the resistance; the captain in charge of the labor camp saving all the prisoners until the Russians could liberate them; how a Ukrainian officer tried to kill Gabriel, but a Russian officer intervened; Russian officers who befriended the survivors; working with the Russian military secret police rounding up Nazis; returning to Bratislava; how he opened his old store, greatly expanded his business, fed survivors passing through, and met and married his wife; training for two months with other Jews to join the Haganah and leaving in 1948 for Israel; serving in the army; being a sergeant in the police force; establishing a business and organizing an association of 40 farms; his life and the changing conditions in Israel; going to the United States in 1955; and his business in New York.
    Gabriel Drimer
    interview:  1985 April 21
    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
    Drimer, Gabriel, 1922-

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Gabriel Drimer in Philadelphia, PA on April 21, 1985. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on September 30, 1999.
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