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Oral history interview with Karel Langer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.773 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0773

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

The interviews describe Mr. Langer's childhood in Uhersky Brod, Czechoslovakia, the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany, the subsequent loss of the family business, and their eviction from their home in 1941. Mr. Langer describes the removal of Jews from their town in January 1943; the family's deportation first to Terezin (Theresienstadt) and then to Auschwitz; his transfer, with his father and brother, to a work camp in Blechhammer in Upper Silesia in June 1944; and his mother's removal to Hamburg and then to Bergen-Belsen. He describes the death march he endured to Gross-Rosen concentration camp in January 1945, the death of his father on the march, his transfer with his brother to Buchenwald, and their liberation in April 1945. Mr. Langer discusses his ill health and that of his mother, his reunion with his brother and mother, and their return to Uhersky Brod. He describes his move to England for school in 1947, joining his brother who had immigrated in 1949 to Israel, and serving in the Israeli Army for two years before returning to England in 1953. Mr. Langer discusses his immigration to Canada, his mother's emigration in 1955, and their move in 1961 to San Francisco.

Interviewee
Karel Langer
Date
1991 June 20  (interview)
1991 February 28  (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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