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Oral history interview with Irving Milchberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 1992.A.0129.24 | RG Number: RG-50.029.0024

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Irving Milchberg, born in Warsaw, Poland on September 15, 1927, describes his large, very comfortable family; the German occupation and his father being barred from his wholesale housewares business; his father digging ditches for anti-tank holes and working in a lumberyard; the Germans confiscating all furniture in their apartment and beating his father and uncle while they carried the furniture downstairs; relocating to the ghetto; leaving the ghetto illegally numerous times, stealing food and selling it outside the ghetto; being caught often and beaten; signs being posted, listing people who had to report to the square on July 22, 1942; the killing squads; seeing his father being shot to death; being outside the ghetto during a liquidation and hiding in an attic; joining with other orphans in the ghetto; being a runner in the ghetto and carrying explosives in May 1943; becoming a runner for the Polish army underground in November 1943; hiding a seven year old in May 1944; being liberated from the ghetto and being the only member of his entire family to survive; going to a displaced persons camp and attending an ORT trade school; returning to Poland; going to Canada in 1948; living in Nova Scotia, Toronto, and Niagara Falls; becoming a watchmaker; and getting married and having two children.

Interviewee
Irving Milchberg
Date
1993 July 14  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Gift of Larry Papier
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