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Oral history interview with Jacob Kerbel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.414 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0414

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The interview describes Mr. Kerbel's childhood in Ostrowiec, Poland, the invasion by Nazi German troops, the traumatic murder of his father, and the family's forced move to the ghetto. Mr. Kerbel describes his separation from his family, all of whom perished, and his transport to Auschwitz. He describes his experiences in Auschwitz, the terrible conditions and the cruelties he witnessed. Mr. Kerbel discusses enduring a death march to Mauthausen concentration camp, then to Gusen concentration camp, the extreme hunger he experienced, and his liberation by American troops in May 1945. He describes his return to Poland to properly bury his father, his time in a displaced persons camp in Landsberg, Germany where he met and married his wife, his application for visas to both Israel and the United States, their successful emigration in 1949 to the United States, and their settling in Oakland, California.

Interviewee
Jacob Kerbel
Date
1989 February 19  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:16:27
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