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Oral history interview with Peter Lang

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.376 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0376

Peter Lang, born in 1924 in Jihlava, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), discusses being the second of two children; his assimilated family; attending a German school; his bar mitzvah but not in a synagogue (his father was an atheist); leaving school due to antisemitic harassment; learning to be a machinist; attending a Zionist school in Prague; living in an orphanage, then a Zionist dormitory; his school's closure; joining his family in the Třebíč ghetto; forced labor with his father in a nearby quarry; deportation with his family to Theresienstadt in May 1942; contacts with Fredy Hirsch; his sister sharing extra food (she worked in the kitchen); working outside the camp; smuggling food to share with family and friends; sham improvements for a Red Cross visit; his sister's deportation; deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau in September 1944; separation from his father which continues to cause him pain; transfer to Kaufering in October; slave labor in a factory; transfer to Litoměřice; Czech prisoners and a civilian German worker giving them extra food; returning to Theresienstadt; abandonment by German guards; traveling to Prague; visiting his hometown (no one returned); serving in the Czech military; reunion with his sister; immigration to Israel; getting married; and more details on life in the camps, including relations with POWs, the prisoner hierarchy, and his feelings in the camps.

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Peter Lang
interview:  2000 May 11
9 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:33:42
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