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Oral history interview with Michael Opas

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.232.0076

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.


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Interviewee
Michael Opas
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes : analog.