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Oral history interview with Joseph Feingold

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

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    Oral history interview with Joseph Feingold


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Joseph Feingold
    Navazelskis, Ina
    interview:  2017 April 25
    creation: Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)

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    Feingold, Joseph.

    Administrative Notes

    Ina Navazelskis, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Branch, conducted the oral history interview with Joseph Feingold on April 25, 2017 in Manhattan, NY.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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