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Oral history interview with Wolfgang Blumenreich

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.542.9 | RG Number: RG-50.812.0009

Wolfgang Blumenreich (at the time of the interview he was age 71 and living in Israel), born in Berlin, Germany in 1924, describes his mother and father, who were deported; being declared an orphan and sent to Chabannes, France; his memories of twin brothers, one of whom was killed at age 21 while the other one was a member of the British-formed Jewish Brigade fighting the Germans in Italy; his pleasant life in Chabannes; being part of a football team that played against village boys; working in a leather works factory, making bags; helping to harvest wheat with Chabannes farmers; the arrival of French militia to Chabannes in the middle of an August night to deport the oldest German-born children; being sent to Drancy and then deported to Auschwitz; the 13 selections, beginning in Auschwitz, of able-bodied workers; being eventually sent to 13 work camps; being hospitalized after liberation in Pitié Salpêtrière Hospital for severe malnourishment; the reasons he survived the camps, including his will to survive, his desire to see his brother, and his robust athletic form; immigrating to Israel; and his three children, with whom he never talked about his concentration camp experience.

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Wolfgang Blumenreich
Lisa Gossels
Dean Wetherell
Documentary films.
1 videocasette (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Lisa Gossels and Dean Wetherell
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:38:09
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