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Oral history interview with Nathan Krieger

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0128.58 | RG Number: RG-50.165.0058

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Nathan Krieger, born in Wojnicz, Poland on February 21, 1917, describes never knowing his father, who left Poland for the United States in 1921; being one of six children and the only one of his siblings to survive the Holocaust; working as a tailor’s apprentice when he was twelve years old; getting married in the ghetto in 1943; being interned in Auschwitz from 1943 to 1945; being forced to do hard labor; being severally malnourished; being selected work in the camp kitchen, peeling potatoes; how a Jewish leader helped him acclimate to new foods, so that he would not get sick; working in the camp laundry; being sent on a Death March from January 18 to April 15 1945 from Poland through Germany into Czechoslovakia; reuniting with his wife, who had been in Auschwitz and other camps; living in the displaced persons camp in Landsberg, Germany; immigrating to the US in 1949; starting his own men’s clothing business in 1955; living in New York, NY initially; moving his coat factory to Georgia; experiencing antisemitism in Georgia; experiencing a nervous breakdown; raising a family in New York; his belief that the Holocaust could happen again; and his concern about the attitudes of Jewish people in their relations with others.

Interviewee
Nathan Krieger
Date
1989 June 25  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
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