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Oral history interview with Jack Gelb

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.685 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0685

Jack Gelb discusses his childhood in Łódź, Poland; his family’s resettlement in 1939 and their return to Łódź in 1940; his family’s forced moved to the Łódź ghetto; his father’s arrest, torture and death; life in the Łódź ghetto, including hunger, disease and transports; his family’s deportation from Łódź in 1942 to Auschwitz-Birkenau, where his mother and sister perished; his experiences in Auschwitz; being on a death march; being in Sachsenhausen, Bergen-Belsen and Neuengamme; his voyage on the Cap Arcona, a ship that was bombed by Allied troops; being rescued; his time in several displaced persons camps; his immigration to the United States; his stay at Homewood Terrace, a Jewish orphanage in San Francisco; his marriage; his United States Army service; his work and family life.

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Jack Gelb
Sandra Bendayan
interview:  1996 April 25
interview:  1996 May 20
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:36:21
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