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Oral history interview with Michael Thaler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.429 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0429

Michael Thaler, born in September 1934, discusses his childhood in Brzezany, Poland (now Berezhany, Ukraine); his early childhood; his religious upbringing; the antisemitism he experienced before the war began; the changes he experienced after the Germans invaded eastern Poland in 1941; his parents' decision to place him with an elderly Catholic couple, with whom he remained for several months, and his experiences in their home; his reunion with his parents in the ghetto in the winter of 1942; the conditions in the ghetto; his experiences while hiding in bunkers to avoid capture by the Germans; his parents' arrests; his mother's release; his father's deportation to a labor camp; escaping with his mother in the summer of 1943 to their neighbor's barn and hearing the sounds of the liquidation of the ghetto; his father's escape and his family's reunion; their decision to remain in hiding; their experiences until liberation by the Soviets in July 1944; their life after the war ended; their move to Linz, Austria; and their immigration to Canada in 1947.

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Michael Thaler
interview:  1989 September 14
1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-11-17 15:13:07
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