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Oral history interview with Joseph Gringlas

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.232.0037

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    Oral history interview with Joseph Gringlas


    Interview Summary
    Joseph Gringlas (né Grynglas), born in 1926 in Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski, Poland, describes his family; life in Ostrowiec Swietokrzyski before WWII; relations between Jews and non-Jews; his family’s religious practices; the German invasion; the ghetto and Judenrat (Jewish council); being taken away to work on tracks; being separated from his family and transported to a forced-labor camp in Blizyn, Poland; life in Blizyn, including the work, punishments, and living conditions; being transferred after one year to Auschwitz-Birkenau then the sub-camp, Monowitz (Buna), where he was reunited with his brother; the conditions in Monowitz and the Kapos; the liquidation of the camp in 1945 and being sent a forced-march to Gleiwitz and then on to Dora-Nordhausen; the Allied bombing and being liberated along with his brother; returning to Poland and experiencing antisemitism; spending several years in a displaced persons camp in Landsberg, Germany; his brother’s wedding in Landsberg; his work bringing children from the Czech border to Germany; immigrating to the United States in 1951; life in the US; the effects of the Holocaust on his life; and talking about his experiences.
    Joseph Gringlas
    Sidney M. Bolkosky
    interview:  1993 January 14
    creation: Farmington Hills (Mich.)

    Physical Details

    3 sound cassettes : analog.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Gringlas, Joseph, 1926-

    Administrative Notes

    Holder of Originals
    University of Michigan-Dearborn
    The University of Michigan, Dearborn conducted the interview with Joseph Gringlas. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Archives Branch received the tapes in November 1992
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