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Oral history interview with Morton Gerson

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1993.A.0095.21 | RG Number: RG-50.163.0021

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    Oral history interview with Morton Gerson


    Interview Summary
    Morton Gerson (Motel Herson), born on July 28, 1908 in Zamosc, Poland, describes his family moving to Ukraine in 1914 and living in Kiev; experiencing antisemitism during the Revolution in 1917; his family’s return to Zamosc in 1918; becoming a store clerk; getting married to Paula Szajd in 1937; the birth of his son in July 1939; the German bombings beginning September 1, 1939; avoiding the roundups of Jewish men and escaping to Vlodzinersh; his wife and child joining him; going to L'viv, Ukraine in December 1939; the death of his son; going by cattle car for three weeks to the Ural Mountains then Sverdlovskaia oblast'; working in the woods and surviving on little food; living in one room with eight people; his wife sewing uniforms; going by railroad car to Uzbekistan, passing through Tashkent to Samarkand; working as a watchman for grain; hearing in 1944 that his wife’s family and his parents were sent to Belzec concentration camp; returning to Poland after the war ended; the birth of his second son in June 1946; receiving Russian passports and amnesty; going to Upper Silesia; being taken to Prague, Czech Republic by the Haganah then Vienna, Austria; living in the Entz displaced persons (DP) camp in 1948; the birth of another son in Föhrenwald DP camp; his family immigrating to the United states in 1950; and opening a dress store in New York, NY.
    Morton Gerson
    Gail Schwartz
    interview:  1989 August 29

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    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Personal Name
    Gerson, Morton, 1908-

    Administrative Notes

    The interview with Morton Gerson was conducted on August 29, 1989 as part of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Washington's oral history project to document Washington, DC area survivor's experiences of the Holocaust. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the interview on May 26, 1993.
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