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Oral history interview with Paul Bleicher

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.996 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0996

Paul Bleicher discusses his childhood in Czestochowa, Poland; the family's move to Sosnowiec while he was a young child; his memories of the German occupation of Sosnowiec after the invasion of Poland in September 1939; his experiences in nine concentration camps, beginning with his deportation to a sub-camp of Gross Rosen (Gabersdorf) in 1940, then to sub-camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, including Blechammer, and Laurahutte, and in 1943 to Bunzlau, another sub-camp of Gross-Rosen; his transfer to Buchenwald and Nordhausen camps, where he worked in munitions factories; going to Ellrich subcamp of Buchenwald and then to Bergen-Belsen from which he was liberated; being reunited with two sisters and his future wife; their move to Celle, Germany to find care at a local hospital; their experiences in a refugee shelter outside of Munich, where he married and, in 1946, had a daughter; his family's immigration to the United States; his business enterprises in New York; and his retirement to Florida in 1980.


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Interviewee
Paul Bleicher
Date
interview:  1990 August 15
Language
English
Extent
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 09:36:57
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