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Oral history interview with Irving Balsam

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1992.A.0125.4 | RG Number: RG-50.233.0004

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    Oral history interview with Irving Balsam


    Interview Summary
    Irving Balsam, born October 17, 1924 in Praszka, Poland, describes experiencing antisemitism as a schoolboy; his family’s religious observances; the German invasion; his membership in the Hitler Youth as a means of surviving, until he was discovered as a Jew; his deportation as one of the first 80 schoolboys deported from his home town; his time in several concentration and slave labor camps, including one near Poznan; being sent to Auschwitz in 1943; being transferred to Lagisza concentration camp; his liberation by the American Army on May 5, 1945; immigrating to the United States in December 1948; giving testimony at war crimes trials; and his personal convictions on why he survived.
    Balsam, Irving
    Kevin Wayne
    interview:  1992 March 15

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes (90 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Balsam, Irving, 1924-

    Administrative Notes

    Kevin Wayne, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ID Card Project, conducted the interview with Irving Balsam in Bronx, NY on March 15, 1992.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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