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Oral history interview with Irving Balsam

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

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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.

Interviewee
Irving Balsam
Interviewer
Kevin Wayne
Date
1992 March 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).