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Oral history interview with Jacob Hennenberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.37.10 | RG Number: RG-50.765.0010

Jacob Hennenberg, born in 1924 in Oświęcim, Poland, describes his mother's death a month before his Bar Mitzvah; the invasion of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; how all the civilians were ordered to leave the town in 1939; going to Krakow, Poland with his family; walking 500 miles east with his father; having to cut his father’s sidelocks and beard; returning to Krakow; wearing a the yellow Star of David, which his sisters embroidered to be “badges of honor;" being forced to clean the old barracks and stables, which would become the Auschwitz concentration camp; being sent with his family to a ghetto in 1941; taking his father’s place during a deportation; never seeing his father and three of his sisters again; being taken to six forced labor camps and one concentration camp; going through a selection process; the guards in the various camps; being issued striped pants and a jacket as well as a tattooed number in Waldenburg; surviving by concentrating on food and survival; being liberated by the Russians in 1945; immigrating to the United States in 1949 with his wife and child; and waiting many years to share his story.

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Mr. Jacob Hennenberg
interview:  2006 October 24
1 DVD : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Beachwood, Ohio