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Oral history interview with Jack Zaifman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.75 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0075

Jack Zaifman, born in Radom, Poland on March 2, 1925 into an Orthodox Jewish family, describes his father, who was a merchant; attending public school and cheder until age 14; the savagery of the German bombing and invasion of Radom in September 1939; escaping from a round-up of Jews; bicycling to Wolanow and living for a year with a Jewish family until the small town was liquidated; being taken for slave labor at a nearby camp manned by Gestapo, Ukrainian, and Lithuanian guards; working as a tailor for the German Army; witnessing the massacre of 350 Jews and having to dig trenches to bury the dead; being ill with typhoid fever, when a righteous German soldier took him to the Radom Ghetto hospital; being sent to Blizyn labor camp, near the German border, where he was betrayed by a Jewish Kapo and severely beaten by guards when he tried to help another prisoner; how among the 3000 survivors (out of 10,000) of Blizyn, he was shipped to Auschwitz, where he sorted the clothing of the dead; being moved to Dachau, where he endured brutal labor, carrying cement; being sent on a death march from Dachau in April 1945; being liberated by Americans and taken to a hospital at Wolfratshausen, weighing 70 pounds; the Feldafing displaced persons camp, where he met and married his wife; moving to the United States in April 1949; and beginning to speak in high schools and colleges about his experience in 1977.

Interviewee
Jack Zaifman
Date
1985 April 22  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (60 min.).
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from the Gratz College Hebrew Education Society
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