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Oral history interview with Bernard Samuel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.489 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0489

Bernard Samuel discusses his childhood in Cherna, Czechoslovakia (now Ukraine); his family life; his religious upbringing; his education in a yeshiva and at a trade school; the changes he experienced when Hungary occupied his region in early 1943; the effects of the new antisemitic laws on both the Jewish and non-Jewish population; his decision to move to Romania; his service in a labor brigade in the Hungarian Army; the conditions; the fairness of the Czech officers; learning about the death camps in Poland; traveling and being hidden by local people; his return to Cherna; liberation of the region by the Soviet Army; his experiences post-liberation, including his near-arrest by the Soviets, his flight to Romania, his work as a guide for refugees, and his decision to go to the displaced persons camps in Germany; his immigration to the United States in 1948; his life in the US; and the fates of other family members.

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Bernard Samuel
Sandra Bendayan
interview:  1989 February 09
3 videocassettes (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: 2020-03-26 09:35:26
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