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Oral history interview with Joseph Feingold

Oral History | Accession Number: 2017.197.1 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0925

Joseph Feingold (born Jozef Fajngold, 1923-2020) was born March 23, 1923 in Warsaw, Poland to Aron (1891-1961) and Rachel Leah (nee Jakubowski, 1901-1942?) Fajngold. He had two younger brothers: Alexander (born 1924) and Henry (1929-1942?). Joseph discusses his father working as a carpenter; his father building their house based on American designs, which influenced Joseph to become an architect; attending opera in Warsaw; his family being zionists and socialists, but not religious; moving to Kielce around 1932; being the first Jew admitted to his high school in Kielce; a bomb landing near their house on September 1, 1939; he and his father trying to joining the Polish Army; his father getting arrested by the Gestapo for being a socialist and later getting released but being told he would get deported to a concentration camp; he and his father fleeing to Lwów (Lviv, Ukraine) while his mother and brothers remained in Kielce; his mother and brothe Henry getting deported to Treblinka in July 1942, and his brother Alex remaining behind as a forced-laborer; he and his father getting sent to Siberia by cattle car; his father working on a dam and Joseph working separately in a coal mine; learning about the extermination camps after the Russian liberation of Majdanek; reuniting with his father and taking the Trans-Siberian train to Barnaul, where they remained unti the end of the war; studying weaving and other subjects at a technical college, and his father working as the director of clothing distribution; being permitted to return to Poland in early 1946; his father going to Łódź and Joseph to Kielce; getting badly beaten during the Kielce pogram in July 1946; reuniting with his father in Łódź; deciding to emigrate and reuniting with his brother Alex in the Zeilsheim DP camp; his father immigrating to the United States to join his sister, and Joseph and Alex arriving in August 1948; writing a memoir of his experience in 1985.


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Interviewee
Joseph Feingold
Interviewer
Ina Navazelskis
Date
interview:  2017 April 25
Geography
creation: Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MPEG-4.
 
Record last modified: 2021-12-09 15:05:46
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