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Oral history interview with Joseph Ribo

Oral History | Accession Number: 1991.A.0110.10 | RG Number: RG-50.266.0010

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Joseph Ribo, born in a small town in Poland in 1932, describes being one of five children; his father, who was in the lumber business and his mother, who was a housewife and grew fruit to sell in the village market; the German invasion; his father being taken away and returning a year later; being put in a ghetto with all the other Jews; being taken to the Kosienice ghetto in 1942; living under terrible conditions with little food; how his father sneaked out at night from the ghetto to sell clothes for food in the villages and bringing Joseph or his brother on occasion; staying in the village one night upon his father’s suggestion; the liquidation of the ghetto soon after and the deportation of his family; hiding with Polish peasants until it became too dangerous; working in a nearby ammunitions factory that had Poles and Jews workers; the dismantling of the factory as the Russian Army approached and the deportation of Jews to Auschwitz; being among the 300 people left behind to clean up the camp and factory; being marched to Oranienburg, Germany; being among the freed German political prisoners; going to Hamburg, Germany and finding that the war was over; going to the Kinderheim (an orphanage) in Bergen-Belsen; being taken with other children to England in 1945; going to Israel in 1948; his wife and four children; and working in personnel management.

Interviewee
Joseph Ribo
Interviewer
The Honorable Hadassah Rosensaft
Date
1991 October 27  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..