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Oral history interview with Joseph Kirzhner

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0125.60 | RG Number: RG-50.233.0060

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Joseph Kirzhner, born January 7, 1916 in Odessa, Ukraine, discusses his four brothers; his father who was killed fighting in war; his mother who also perished; his experience driving tanks in the Russian Army; being captured after fighting in Nikolaiev (Mykolayiv), Ukraine and becoming a prisoner of war in 1942; being sent to a concentration camp; his transfer to three or four concentration camps, partly because he tried to escape several times (twice from Auschwitz); how, after being caught, Kapos used sticks to beat his bare feet, and then made him walk until his feet bled; undergoing surgical experiments in Auschwitz; his memory of constant beatings, wire all around, and German soldiers trying to shoot inmates as the liberating Russian Army approached; his liberation in April 1945; his hospitalization and surgery following liberation; his return to service in the Russian Army; his immigration with his wife to the United States in 1978; and persistent health problems in the years following the war.

Interviewee
Joseph Kirzhner
Interviewer
Anthony Young
Date
1992 April 24  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
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