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Oral history interview with Henry Kronberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.250.5 | RG Number: RG-50.882.0005

Henry Kronberg, born in April 1920 in Breslau, Germany, describes growing up in Katowice, Poland; apprenticing as a young man in a material goods store; being 19 when the Nazis invaded Poland; leaving Katowice and going to Kraków, Poland; being in Kraków when the ghetto was formed; the Jews being forced into the ghetto; his sister and mother escaping the ghetto and fleeing to the east; how he and his father were supposed to join them but did not make it out; enduring forced labor while in the ghetto; getting himself assigned to work in the Gestapo headquarters doing odd jobs; becoming the foreman of the painters; people being interrogated and tortured in this building; how his job included scraping blood off the walls and repainting; how, when the ghetto was liquidated, he and the other Jews who worked in Gestapo headquarters were housed in a prison and then in a convent that was converted to a prison; working in Gestapo headquarters for about two and a half years; the Soviet Army approaching in January 1945 and the subsequent liquidation of the prison; being sent to three different concentration camps; and being liberated by American troops near the Bergen-Belsen camp.

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Henry Kronberg
Esther Finder
5 digital files : MOV.
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Toporek Finder
Record last modified: 2021-02-17 09:58:47
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