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Oral history interview with Kazimierz Albin

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.116 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0116

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

Kazimierz Albin, born in 1922 in Kracow, Poland, describes his education and his Jewish friends; life under the German occupation, including the treatment of the Jewish community; his arrest while attempting to go to France to join the Polish Army there; his imprisonment and transfer to Auschwitz concentration camp on the first transport to the camp; the transport which consisted mostly of Polish POWs; the conditions and growth of Auschwitz, including details about the installation of gas chambers; early expirements in gassing conducted on Polish POWs; the expansion of the camp to accommodate more transports; visits from German industrialists who demanded more slave labor for their local factories, inlcuing IG Farben; escape attempts from the camp; ethnic Germans (Volksdeutche) who lived in the area and participated in the search for escaped prisoners; his escape from Auschwitz in 1943; the arrest of his mother and sister following his escape; living in hiding in Kracow; his involvement in the Polish resistance movement; and a Jewish gang who collaborated with German forces by informing on Jews who were in hiding.

Interviewee
Kazimierz Albin
Date
1999 October 08  (interview)
Language
Polish
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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