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Oral history interview with Harry Bass

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0125.5 | RG Number: RG-50.233.0005

Harry Bass, born July 7, 1919 in Bialystok, Poland, discusses his childhood in Bialystok; his mother and father and five siblings; speaking Yiddish at home; graduating from high school; the Russian occupation of Bialystok; antisemitism and the boycott of Jewish properties; working in the kitchen of a Russian textile factory; the German occupation of Poland in 1941; his memories of the Germans killing Jews by throwing them into burning synagogues; living with his family in the Bialystok ghetto until its liquidation in January 1943; being taken to Pruzany with his mother, sister, and two brothers; the trek to the Linowo (Linova, Belarus) train station eight kilometers away; the cattle car journey to Auschwitz; delousing and washing after his arrival in the camp; receiving an identification number; the death of his mother and two youngest brothers in Auschwitz; the Sonderkommando revolt in Auschwitz; working in the camps; his liberation in Germany in May 1945 following a death march; sailing on a ship, named the Capricorn, on the Elbe to Noishta-Limbeck; and working for the Board of Education in Germany after the end of the war.

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Harry Bass
Anthony DiIorio
interview:  1992 April 21
1 sound cassette (90 min.).