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Oral history interview with Emery Klein and Bernard Klein

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.232.0051

The Klein brothers, Bernard and Emery, discuss growing up in Humenné, Slovakia; their immediate family, which included their parents and a younger sister; the German occupation of the area in 1939; the deportation of the Jews in 1941; being saved from deportation until 1944 because their father was an important farming advisor; the deportation of the family to Auschwitz without Bernard, who had become separated; the immediate gassing of Mrs. Klein and her daughter upon their arrival at the camp; Bernard’s reunion with his brother and father at Auschwitz a month later; the transport of the three to Gleiwitz, where Emery and his father worked in a factory while Bernard worked in the camp kitchen; the evacuation of the camp in 1945 as the Russian army advanced into the area; being relocated to camp Blechhammer; the German guards fleeing the camp, abandoning the prisoners; walking with several others a few days later to Humenné; and the family’s move to Israel, Montreal, and eventually to Detroit.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Klein, Emery
Klein, Bernard
2 sound cassettes : analog.