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Oral history interview with Edward Kaplan

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0124.1 | RG Number: RG-50.028.0001

Edward Kaplan discusses growing up in the Jewish faith with his three sisters and two brothers; being forced to live in the Warsaw ghetto, where he organized Jewish resistance activities, buying weapons from the Polish resistance outside the ghetto and preparing strongholds to rest the eventual liquidation of the ghetto; how in April 1943 the SS moved in, bombing the hiding places of those who tried to resist; deciding to give himself up and being transported to Majdanek concentration camp; being saved from the gas chambers when he was selected to work in the Henkel Were near Deblin under Commander Feiks (ph); working there as a metalworker for eight months before being transferred in 1944 to the Messerschmitt factory in Melnitsa; being transferred to about 14 concentration camps, including Płaszów, Wieliczka, Litomerice, Flossenbürg, and Dachau; working in airplane factories and also in the BMW factory in München-Allach; being on a transport train in 1945 with prisoners who were to be liquidated, and escaping during an Allied bomb attack; hiding until the US Army arrived; immigrating to the US; becoming interested in the Jehovah’s Witnesses; and, after long deliberation, joining the Jehovah’s Witnesses faith.

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Edward Kaplan
Robert Buckley
interview:  1994 May 30
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:09:31
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