Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Oral history interview with Jack Gelb

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

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Jack Gelb discusses his childhood in Lodz, Poland; his family’s resettlement in 1939 and their return to Lodz in 1940; his family’s forced moved to the Lodz ghetto; his father’s arrest, torture and death; life in the Lodz ghetto, including hunger, disease and transports; his family’s deportation from Lodz 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.

Jack Gelb
Sandra Bendayan
1996 April 25  (interview)
1996 May 20  (interview)
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
Expand all
Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:22:18
This page: