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Oral history interview with Pinkus Kurnedz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1285.26 | RG Number: RG-50.149.0026

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Pinkus Kurnedz, born March 15, 1928, describes life in Piotrkow Trybunalski, Poland during the 1930s; his family background and education; the relations between Poles and Jews; antisemitism; his father's involvement with the Zionist movement; the German entry into Piotrkow Trybunalski in September 1939; life in Piotrkow Trybunalski under the German occupation; the increase in Polish antisemitism; restrictions against Jews; the creation of the ghetto and life there; the confiscation of Jewish businesses and property; the deportation of Jews in 1942; working in the Hortensia glass factory from 1942 to 1944; conditions in the factory; being interned at Czestochowa from 1944 to 1945; working in an ammunition factory; food rations; obtaining extra food; the evacuation of the camp; the journey to Buchenwald; his internment at Buchenwald and conditions there; deaths in the camp; the procedure on arrival; clothing; forced labor at an ammunitions factory near Colditz, Germany; stealing food; marching to Theresienstadt, Czechoslovakia in 1945; his uncle's illness; the liberation of Theresienstadt; the problems of inmates overeating; the initial chaos upon liberation; revenge on a Kapo; the reaction of inmates to the arrival of Russians; the kindness of a Russian soldier; his immigrating to Great Britain in 1945; adapting to normal life; his reflections on his Holocaust experience; the long term effects of his experience; and his attitude towards Germans and Poles.

Interviewee
Pinkus Kurnedz
Date
1987 March 23  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (90 min.).
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