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Oral history interview with Morton Gerson

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

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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.

Interviewee
Morton Gerson
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
1989 August 29  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
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