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Oral history interview with Zachary Greenbaum

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0129.19 | RG Number: RG-50.029.0019

Zachary Greenbaum, born on May 10, 1917, describes his life in Strachovitza (Starachowice), Poland growing up after World War I; being frail and sick as a child; his recovery and involvement in the local Zionist youth organization; his enlistment in the Polish Army; learning of the German-Soviet non-aggression treaty; his desertion of the Polish Army; going to Łódź, Poland; being put on a transport to Siberia but jumping off the train; working and living in the ghetto in Vilna, Poland (Vilnius, Lithuania); the local Judenrat leader, Jacob Gens; working for the Gestapo as a shoe-shine man; his liberation by the Russians; learning of the fates of his family at Auschwitz; life in the Bergen-Belsen displaced persons camp; meeting Eleanor Roosevelt in the displaced persons camp; and immigrating to the United States and obtaining citizenship.

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Greenbaum, Zachary
Papier, Larry
interview:  1992 May 10
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Larry Papier
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 09:48:11
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