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Oral history interview with Morris Richter

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.156.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0251

Morris Richter (born Moishe Richter on September 7, 1940 in Siberia, Russia) discusses his Polish parents, Joseph and Esther; his younger brother Shmuel; his father getting sick; going to Bergen-Belsen after the war; his mother being weak and depressed and the four of them living in one room up three flights of stairs in a barrack; attending kindergarten with 30-40 other children; having his picture taken with his brother standing in front on a staircase along with other children (in the USHMM Photo Archives, courtesy of Sally Bendremer Wideroff and Jean Bloch Rosensaft); burying cigarettes in a wood pile; feeling safe seeing soldiers; having freedom of movement; sailing to Halifax, Nova Scotia, on the ship Scythia in October 1948, living in Montreal; his father dying from leukemia in May 1949; his mother working in a clothing factory and remarrying in 1956; starting first grade at age 8; not wanting to talk about his experiences; graduating from high school and working in a hardware store; building houses with his brother in Montreal; marrying Gertie Stawacki from Łódź, Poland in 1962; not feeling marked by the Holocaust because he was so young but having an aversion to skinny people because he saw so many in Bergen-Belsen; how he has not discussed much with his daughters; and his feelings about Holocaust memorials.

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Morris Richter
Gail Schwartz
interview:  2015 October 19
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:37:50
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