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Oral history interview with Jack Ellis

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.14 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0014

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Jack Ellis describes his two younger sisters, Rhoda and Gertrude; his father’s scrap metal business; his father dying when Jack was 10 years old; the restrictions on Jews beginning in 1938; being kicked out of gymnasium; Polish Jews being deported in October 1938; being sent to an area between Germany and Poland and being provided for by the Jewish community; going to Lodz, Poland, where he had family; receiving help and accommodations from the Jewish Federation; being forced into the ghetto and the conditions there; volunteering to go to Germany in 1940 in order to help his family; conditions in the camp; his work building super highways; learning that his mother had died; the liquidation of the camp in 1942; being sent to Auschwitz in cattle cars; arriving in the camp and being assigned to different commandos; seeing five inmates hanged; feeling lucky to work in a post office sorting mail; being evacuated in early 1945 and being marched then taken to Bergen-Belsen; being liberated by the British; going to a displaced persons camp; his sister surviving and going to Holland; going to Buffalo, NY in 1949; the psychological effects of his experiences; and his hope that his testimony will convince people that the Holocaust did happen.

Interviewee
Jack Ellis
Date
1990 July  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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