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Oral history interview with Joseph Kirzhner

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

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    Oral history interview with Joseph Kirzhner


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Joseph Kirzhner
    Anthony Young
    interview:  1992 April 24

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette (90 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Kirzhner, Joseph, 1916-
    Corporate Name
    Red Army (Soviet Union)

    Administrative Notes

    Anthony Young, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum ID Card Project, conducted the interview with Joseph Kirzhner on April 24, 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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