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Oral history interview with Maurice Meyers

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.61 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0061

Maurice Meyers, born in Ostrowiec, Poland after WWI, describes his parents, who were very religious; attending cheder and public school; his parents’ haberdashery; being the fifth of six children; preparing to attend college but not being able to because the Jewish quota had been filled; working in the family store; antisemitism before the war; his parents taking in a refugee couple from Germany; the German invasion and fleeing towards Russia with four others; going to Rivne, Ukraine; staying with a Jewish family for a few months; his family living in the ghetto in Ostrowiec and returning home; being detained by an officer of the Wehrmacht and sent back to Russia; successfully returning home in 1941; the killing of important Jews in Ostrowiec in 1940; working in a steel mill, manufacturing heavy springs for railroads; hearing about deportations in October 1942; the roundup of Jews including his mother; buying false identity papers; hiding in Warsaw, Poland until February 10, 1943 when he was arrested and sent to the Pawiak prison; being in a hospital for three days; working in a Gestapo kitchen in the Warsaw ghetto; escaping from a work detail and finding his sister; finding another hiding place; witnessing the burning of the ghetto after the uprising in April; escaping the Gestapo and staying in a town near Warsaw in 1944; earning money making cigarettes; being liberated by the Russian troops in January 1945; walking to Łódź, Poland; selling goods that were found in apartments; marrying his former girlfriend in December 1945; opening a textile business; the communist government; leaving Poland and joining the Israeli Breicha movement; going to Germany for three years; and immigrating to the United States in February 1949.

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Meyers, Maurice
Codner, Karen
interview:  2010 June 05
3 digital files : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2022-06-16 10:13:23
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