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Oral history interview with Joseph Klein

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.37.12 | RG Number: RG-50.765.0012

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Joseph Klein, born in 1929 in Czechoslovakia, describes his family; how Jewish children were not allowed to attend school after 1938; how in 1944 Jewish families were assembled in a ghetto for a few days then transported by cattle cars to Auschwitz; the selection process after they got off the train; how his mother and sister were sent to the gas chambers; being assigned to a work force; being sent to Buchenwald to work in a petroleum refinery near Leipzig, Germany; conditions in the camp; being transported in the spring; how the train was bombed by the Allies and he escaped; being caught by a soldier and sent on a death march to Theresienstadt; wanting to give up but being encouraged by a friend from his hometown; how 1,250 people of the 3,000 on the march died; being liberated from Theresienstadt by the Russians in May 1945; being sent to London, England as an orphan child; learning to speak English and being trained to do typesetting; being adopted; immigrating to the United States; being drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in the Korean War; traveling to Israel in 1958; getting married; and his children and grandchildren.

Interviewee
Joseph Klein
Date
2005 May 12  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 DVD : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Beachwood, Ohio www.shaareytikvah.org