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Oral history interview with Martin Kohn

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.250.11 | RG Number: RG-50.882.0011

Martin Kohn, born in a small Hungarian farm village in 1929, describes his family having to give up farming during the Depression; his father moving to Satmar, Rumania (Satu Mare, Romania) and establishing a factory that produced sportswear; growing up in a family of seven children; his family having some idea that the Jews in Poland were being abused after the Nazi invasion; Jewish refugees passing through the area; the Hungarian fascists rounding up the Jews for deportation to concentration camps in Poland; Jews being temporarily put into a ghetto before they were shipped to Auschwitz-Birkenau in May 1944; being in Birkenau for a week before being shipped to the Płaszów concentration camp; staying in Płaszów until around September when he was shipped to Gross-Rosen and Bolkenhain, where he did hard physical labor; being forced on a death march as the Soviet troops approached; going to Hirshberg (in Jelenia Góra, Poland) and then to Dörnhau (Kolce, Poland); and the Nazi guards fleeing days before the Soviet Army came through on May 8, 1945.

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Martin Kohn
Esther Finder
1 digital file : WAV.
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Toporek Finder
Record last modified: 2020-07-27 15:22:22
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