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Oral history interview with Joseph Bach

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.440.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0858

Joseph Bach, born in 1908 in Lvov, Poland (Lviv, Ukraine), describes his parents (Henry Bach and Marena Holtzberger) and his younger brother (Siegfried); his father’s china and porcelain store; being raised somewhat religious; graduating from a German gymnasium and attending a university in Paris to study medicine, but leaving after three years when there were rumors of a war starting; working at Metro-Golden-Mayer, where he ordered and advertised movies; the beginning of the war and the Russian occupation of Lvov; being marched with 400 people from Lvov to a train and sent to Siberia; conditions during the journey to the work camp; conditions in the camp and the deaths of many of the prisoners from infection; surviving in the camp for five years and finding his way home; finding out that everyone in his family was killed; seeing Jews passing as Christians in public; joining the Polish Army under British direction and fighting through to Berlin; leaving the army after three years and getting married to a woman in Poland; immigrating to the United States; his life in the US; and his reflections on growing older.

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Mr. Joseph Bach
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2015 December 12
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:37:53
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