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Oral history interview with Adi Eisenberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.233.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0230

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Adi Eisenberg (né Abraham Freiburger), born on February 18, 1935 in Breslau, Germany (Wroclaw, Poland), discusses being an only child to father, Eliezer Freiburger, an accountant, and mother Helene Kolatacz; having religious Zionist grandparents; moving to Skala near Cracow at age three; speaking Polish, German, and Yiddish; being frightened in September 1939 when the Germans invaded; moving to his grandparents’ house; his grandparents’ businesses being taken away in 1940; experiencing antisemitism; going back to the countryside with his mother while his father stayed; his father being taken and shot on September 23, 1942; taking a new name, Adam Mokra, going with his mother to Zakopane by train in November 1942; crossing the border into Czechoslovakia then to the Hungarian border; walking with a group of eight people; being taken to a civilian jail for crossing the border illegally and receiving 20 pots of cholent (stew) from the Jewish community; being transported to Budapest, Hungary by train to another jail where he stayed for a month; being released as a political refugee; living near Kolorcha for six months as a Christian; going back to Budapest, where the Joint helped them rent an apartment; going into shelters during bombings until January 1945; returning to Skala for a short time; going to Munich, Germany and then to the displaced persons camp Bad Reichenhall until 1951; his mother getting married to Oscar Eisenberg, who adopted Adi; having a Bar Mitzvah in the DP camp and going to school; sailing on the General Blatchford ship with other refugees to New York, NY; being met by the Jewish Agency; living in Worcester, MA near his aunt; going to high school and working as a pants presser; graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute; getting a Ph. D from Princeton in chemistry; being a professor at UCLA and McGill University; his feelings about the Holocaust; and his bond with other survivors.

Interviewee
Adi Eisenberg
Interviewer
Gail Schwartz
Date
2014 August 29  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 digital file : WAV.