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Oral history interview with Oscar Cukierman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2016.366.1 | RG Number: RG-50.946.0001

Oscar Cukierman (né Uszer Cuckerman), born in Bedzin, Poland on August 25, 1925, discusses his prewar life with his parents Mendel and Cyrla and his three younger brothers Mordka-Lajb, Wolf, and Szyja; the family’s wholesale fruit and vegetable business and general store; surviving five concentration camps, two of which were Buchenwald and Gross-Rosen; the murder of his parents and brothers by the Nazis; being helped by the camp physician Dr. Zabrania who recognized him because his father Medel had been kind to the doctor before the war; the doctor’s help as one of the main reasons why he was the only member of his family to survive; being beaten, starved, and subjected to freezing weather in the camps; his liberation by the Red Army; joining the Soviet Army after the war; later traveling to Milan, Italy where he lived for six years, becoming fluent in Italian with little formal education; playing professional soccer in Milan; developing a love for music and the opera; immigrating to the United States; getting married in 1952 to the love of his life, Elaine, who was also a Polish immigrant; working briefly as a furrier in the US; learning the business of wall paperhanging and interior painting which he performed for most of his working life; and his two children Mark and Cheryl and four grandchildren Wendy, Heather, Matthew, and Brooke.


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Interviewee
Oscar Cukierman
Interviewer
Wendy Cukierman
Date
interview:  2012 April
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Oscar Cukierman
 
Record last modified: 2020-07-22 16:04:34
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