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Oral history interview with Max Nirenberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.0934 DUP | RG Number: RG-50.320.0001

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Max (Mechel) Nirenberg, born December 14, 1892 in a village called Neu Shtuet (Nowy Korczyn), Poland, discusses his siblings; being sent to live with his grandmother in Lódz, Poland when he was 8 or 10 years old; being sent by his grandmother to apprentice with a tailor; the beginning of the war in 1939 and the Nazi occupation of Lódz; being forced along with his wife to live in the ghetto (also known as ghetto Litzmannstadt); his two children fleeing to Russia for the duration of the war [his daughter Stefa Nirenberg Sherman was born in 1919 and survived the war in the Russian army as a nurse and later immigrated in Israel, where she died in 2007, and his son was Monyek Nirenberg, who survived in Russia working in the coal mines and later immigrated to Israel]; being in charge of one of the tailor shops in Lódz; being sent on the last train from the Lódz ghetto and arriving in Auschwitz in 1944; the selection process and being separated from his wife, who was immediately killed; being transferred to Kaufering; being liberated by the American; staying in a displaced persons (DP) camp for 12 weeks; returning to Lódz, where he discovered his former love Manya still alive [Manya (Miriam) Gutman Nirenberg was born in Radom, Poland in March 1919 and along with her sister, Dorka Gutman Storch, she survived Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, and working with gun powder making bombs]; getting married to Manya (they had one daughter, Rita, in December 1946); staying in Lodz until 1950 when the communists came in; moving to Israel and living there for 10 years; and immigrating to the US. (Mr. Nirenberg died in Los Angeles, CA in 1978.) [Note that the recording also includes Mr. Nirenberg singing.]

Interviewee
Max Nirenberg
Language
Yiddish
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
1 folder.