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Oral history interview with Zoltan Birnbaum

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1088 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1088

Zolton Birnbaum discusses his childhood in Spišské Podhradie, Slovakia (then part of Czechoslovakia); the changes that occurred for the Jews icommunity when Nazi Germany assumed control in 1939; Jewish persecution; his conscription in the army in 1941; his experiences in a forced labor battalion as part of the military, and then in 1943 as civilian forced labor; an uprising by Slovaks in 1944 against Nazi Germany; his and other Jewish men's participation in the revolt; returning to his village after the war to learn that none of his family had survived; his relocation to Prague; his emigration from Prague to the United States in 1948; and his family and work life in Cleveland, Ohio and later in California.


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Interviewee
Zoltan Birnbaum
Interviewer
Peter Ryan
Anne G. Saldinger
Date
interview:  2005 January 26
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (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 09:37:24
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