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Oral history interview with Fred Badower

Oral History | Accession Number: 2019.125.22 | RG Number: RG-90.057.0022

Fred Badower discusses the history of his Polish family; growing up in a big Jewish community in Lodz, Poland; his father who was a tailor and Fred became a tailor as well; his experiences in the Lodz ghetto; how his tailoring skills helped him during the war; being sent to labor camps and two concentration camps; returning to Poland after the war; reuniting with his brother; finding others who wanted to leave Poland; the death of his sister from typhus during the war; living in Germany and working as a tailor; his work with the US Counter Intelligence Corps; some of his siblings immigrating to Australia; immigrating to the United States in 1949 and settling in Des Moines, Iowa; getting a job in an Italian tailor shop; and his life in Des Moines.

Interviewee
Fred Badower
Interviewer
Jeffrey Winter
Date
interview:  1982 March 21
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Iowa Jewish Historical Society
 
Record last modified: 2020-10-07 13:38:16
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