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Oral history interview with Arnold Friedman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.37.6 | RG Number: RG-50.765.0006

Arnold Friedman, born in 1927 in a small village near Mukachevo, Czechoslovakia (Mukacheve, Ukraine), describes his family; moving to Mukachevo; attending public school and the local synagogue; his childhood; the Nazi invasion of Poland; how in 1941 the Germans confiscated Jewish property and limited the rights of Jews, sympathizers, and Roma; how many people were killed in attacks; being cut off from the world and only seeing Nazi propaganda; a Nazi raid in 1944 when he was beaten for trying to defend his father; the burning of Torah scrolls; the creation of a ghetto in Mukachevo, where Jews and Roma were kept; being sent to Auschwitz; conditions in the camp and being saved by his brother during the selection process; being moved to a labor camp in Silesia in 1945, where he worked in a quarry; escaping after the Allies bombed a train; how the Red Cross connected him with Jewish agencies that helped him find his family; immigrating to Cleveland, OH in 1948; his wife and children; and speaking with people about his experiences.

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Arnold Friedman
interview:  2005 March 22
1 DVD : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Beachwood, Ohio