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Oral history interview with Nathan Langburt

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.161.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0921

Nathan Langburt was born April 4, 1929 in Ulanów, Poland to Golda Graf and Light Langburt. He had two older sisters, Manya and Regina, and a younger brother Harry. Nathan discusses his father becoming a baker around the time he was drafted during World War I and sent to Siberia; his home not having plumbing or electricity; attending public school and Hebrew school; the family speaking Hebrew, Yiddish, and Polish at home; his town taking in Jewish refugees from Germany after Kristallnacht; Ulanów getting bombed on September 1, 1939 and his sister getting wounded by shrapnel; his family hiding at his grandfather’s farm briefly and then returning home to find it occupied by the Germans; getting smuggled across the border, and getting arrested by the Russians; getting deported to Siberia in spring 1940 where they lived in huts and worked cutting down trees; studying Russian in School; getting sent to Stalinabad (Dushanbe, Tajikistan) where he learned Tajik; his father working as a baker there; selling fabrics on the black market; returning to Ulanów after the war, but not not finding anyone left; going to DP camps in Berlin and Stuttgart; his father attending technical school to learn mechanical engineering; immigrating to Israel in 1949 to try and open a bakery but not being able to obtain permits; immigrating with his parents and brother to Montreal, Canada where the family had relatives; his sisters marrying in Berlin and immigrating to the United States; working at Northern Electric as a machinist and then partnering with his brother to buy a retail store; returning to Ulanów in 1989 with his son.

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Nathan Langburt
Ina Navazelskis
interview:  2017 March 02
creation: Aventura (Fla.)
Oral histories.
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
Record last modified: 2021-12-08 09:26:14
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