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Oral history interview with Samuel Brand

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0310.18 | RG Number: RG-50.486.0018

Samuel Brand, born in 1914 in Kraków, Poland, discusses supporting his family by taking over his mother’s hardware store after the death of his father; the order for Jews to report to a central depot; his refusal to obey the order, resulting in a family argument; his illegal residency in the Kraków ghetto; fleeing the ghetto; his arrest for possession of counterfeit Aryan documentation; his imprisonment in the Korczyna concentration camp; his work detail as part of the camp’s disinfection squad; the brutal treatment of camp inmates; his escape from the concentration camp after he faked his suicide; his arrest and imprisonment in Poland; receiving harsh treatment from the Poles; the death of his family members in the Holocaust; and his life after the war, during which he lived in Israel, Vienna, Belgium, and Frankfurt.

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Mr. Samuel Brand
interview:  2001 May 24
4 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:36
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