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Oral history interview with Moishe Garbarz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.909 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0909

Moishe Garbarz, born December 28, 1913 in Warsaw, Poland, discusses his childhood in Warsaw; the antisemitism he experienced; his family's poverty; his education until the age of 12; his work in a textile factory; the opportunity to work in a textile factory in France and his move to Paris in 1928; his life and experiences in Paris, including his marriage and the birth of a son; the occupation of Paris by Nazi Germany; being rounded up in 1941 and sent to Le Vernet, a Vichy concentration camp, for a year and a half; his deportation to Auschwitz in July 1942; his experiences in Auschwitz; the dangers he and the other prisoners were subject to; being assigned to work in a coal mine during the winter, which helped him to escape the brutal winter conditions; later being transferred to kitchen work; the advance of the Soviet Army; being forced on a death march to Buchenwald concentration camp; the abysmal conditions he endured; being liberated by Soviet troops; returning to Paris and reuniting with his wife and son who had been hidden during the war; and his life after the war.

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Moishe Garbarz
interview:  1991 August 20
3 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 09:36:52
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