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Oral history interview with Michael Thaler

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

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    Oral history interview with Michael Thaler


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Michael Thaler
    interview:  1989 September 14
    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

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Thaler, Michael.

    Administrative Notes

    The Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project conducted the interview with Michael Thaler on September 14, 1989. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from the Bay Area Holocaust Oral History Project in October 2002.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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