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Oral history interview with Enrique Kaczor

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.43 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0043

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Enrique Kaczor, born in Warsaw, Poland, on April 23, 1911, describes his two sisters; his observant Jewish family; finishing technical school after high school; going into the army at age 23; being in Grodno (now in Belarus) and staying in the army for 8 months; being an accomplished soccer player and playing for the army; not experiencing antisemitism; working in a company as a technician after his military service; escaping when the Germans invaded with his sister and her brothers-in-law towards Vilnius, Lithuania by train; being taken prisoner by the Germans and being freed by partisans; avoiding bombings and going to Bialystok, Poland, to a relative’s home (the wife of the city’s mayor); receiving a visa for Japan from Chiune Sugihara; going to Vladivostok, Russia and boarding a cattle ship destined for Kobe, Japan; receiving support from the Jewish community in Kobe; he and his brother-in-law playing bridge with the Chilean consul and being convinced by a Jewish employee of the consulate to immigrate to Chile; arriving in Santiago, Chile, on a ship that was half for passengers and half for cattle; his brother-in-law having difficulty with the immigration office in Chile; going to Valparaiso around 1941 or 1942; lessons learned during their immigration; establishing a business in Chile; the losses he suffered during the war; supporting the foundation of the Home for the Aged in Chile; volunteering to serve the Polish army at the Polish consul in Chile but not being permitted to go because of the cost; and his desire to find his lost relatives in Poland.

Interviewee
Enrique Kaczor
Interviewer
Sonia Brodsky
Date
2011 July 07  (interview)
Language
Spanish
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
1 digital file : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 10:50:44
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