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Oral history interview with Ben Altman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.594 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0594

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Ben Altman was born on February 26, 1912 in Czestochowa, Poland. Ben and his seven siblings were raised by his father and step-mother. Though Ben and his family were spared from the transports to Auschwitz, which claimed the majority of the Jewish population of his town, Ben was eventually sent to a labor camp in 1944. It was here that Ben avoided being sent to a death camp by using his skills as a tailor to mend uniforms for soldiers. He was then imprisoned in a third camp, and upon liberation, he worked as a tailor for the Russians. Ben was able to return to his hometown where he was reunited with two of his brothers. In 1945, he and his wife attempted to leave Rechbach (?) but they were captured and interrogated by the authorities; they were sent to Munich and eventually back to Poland

Interviewee
Ben Altman
Date
2003 February 26  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:20:22
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