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Oral history interview with Michael Opas

Oral History | Digitized | RG Number: RG-50.232.0076

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    Oral history interview with Michael Opas


    Interview Summary
    Michael Opas, born in 1910 in Łódź, Poland, discusses his youth; learning the furrier trade before operating a shoe business; the beginning of WWII; fleeing with his wife and young son to Warsaw, Poland, where they were imprisoned in the Warsaw ghetto; being sent to Majdanek concentration camp; being sent to Budzyn, a forced labor camp where prisoners repaired airplanes; being sent to various camps, including Ostrowiec and Auschwitz-Birkenau; being sent to Buchenwald, where he was liberated by the US Army; being grossly underweight at liberation; recuperating for two months in a makeshift hospital in Buchenwald until he regained some weight and his health; living in the Landsberg displaced persons camp; moving to the Stuttgart DP camp, where he re-married and started a family; and immigrating with his wife and one-year-old daughter to Detroit in 1949.
    Michael Opas

    Physical Details

    2 sound cassettes : analog.

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Opas, Michael.

    Administrative Notes

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