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Oral history interview with Chaim Liss

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.A.0110.9 | RG Number: RG-50.266.0009

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

Chaim Liss, born March 25, 1930 in Lodz, Poland, describes his parents’ confectionary store named Bonita; attending school; the war breaking out; being put in the ghetto; being sent to Auschwitz in August 1944; the selections; being sent to Birkenau with his father; joining a group going to Hannover, Germany; working in a tire factory (possibly Hannover-Stöcken concentration camp); being sent to Stenigraten, where the Germans wanted to build a factory inside the cliffs; the work removing stones and his father’s death from malnutrition; the evacuation of the camp and being left for dead; the Americans arriving after two days; being cared for by the Americans; walking to Celle, Germany then Bergen-Belsen; going to the Kinderheim (an orphanage); arguing with the Jewish Brigade over his desire to go to Israel via England; being taken to England by the Canadian Air Force in October 1945; being housed with a group of 700; suffering from tuberculosis; studying electrical engineering; being a Mohel Volunteer and going to Israel in October 1948; the children he met in England; working for Israeli Aircraft Industries; his wife and sons; and his general thoughts on his Holocaust experience.

Interviewee
Chaim Liss
Interviewer
The Honorable Hadassah Rosensaft
Date
1991 October 25  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
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