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Oral history interview with Michael Dobes and Ruth Dobes

Oral History | Accession Number: 2009.214.56 | RG Number: RG-50.617.0056

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Michael Dobes, born November 7, 1909 in Kovarce, Slovakia, describes his family’s background; his childhood and education; his father’s death on the Russian front in Bukovina in 1915; attending school in Nitra and Topolcany; studying electrical engineering at a technical college in Brno and living in a hostel for war orphans as an atheist; passing as a non-Jew to avoid discrimination; being deported to Theresienstadt in April 1942; being transferred to Majdanek then Zamosc labor camps; escaping from Zamosc on July 23, 1942 and going through L'viv, Ukraine to Prague, Czech Republic; being imprisoned for three weeks on his way to Bratislava, Slovakia; passing as a Gentile in Bratislava until May 1945; and immigrating to Australia in 1949.
Ruth Sureh “Barabara” Dobes (née Hornung), born March 14, 1918 in Vitkovic, Morawska-Ostrowa, Czechoslovakia (Vitkovice neighborhood in Ostrava), describes her family’s background; her childhood; getting married on June 30, 1938 to Michael Dobes; training as a dressmaker; being deported with Michael to Theresienstadt in April 1942; being transferred to Majdanek then Zamosc labor camps; escaping with Michael and going to Bratislava, Slovakia; and immigrating to Australia in 1949.

Interviewee
Ruth S. Dobes
Michael Dobes
Date
1985 May 26  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
13 CD-ROMs.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, acquired from Sophie Caplan
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