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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Henri Deutsch, a jewish survivor, who along with his family was rescued by Aristides de Sousa Mendes, recalls the Portuguese diplomat. Sousa Mendes, against orders from the Portuguese government, issued an estimated 30,000 travel visas to people escaping Nazi-occupied France in 1940.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Raphaël Burgel est né le 1er décembre 1914 à Tours. Sa famille s’installe à Paris où elle demeure jusqu’en 1927, avant de déménager à Villennes (Seine-et-Oise). Ouvrier métallurgiste, il rejoint la zone non occupée en janvier 1941. Il est arrêté par la police allemande alors qu’il tente de quitter la France pour l’Espagne. Il parvient toutefois à dissimuler ses origines juives et il est déporté en tant que résistant à Buchenwald, en juin 1943. Après un rapide transit par le camp de Maidanek, il est transféré à Auschwitz où il travaille dans une scierie.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Kurt describes liberating survivors of a death march in May 1945, in Volary, Czechoslovakia, including his first encounter with his future wife, Gerda. Kurt Klein was born July 2, 1920, in Walldorf, Germany. As the Nazi persecution of German Jews intensified, Kurt’s parents decided to send him and his siblings to live with distant relatives in Buffalo, New York, where he worked in various jobs, including the printing business, trying to raise enough money to bring his parents to the United States. Kurt was drafted into the United States Army in 1943.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Born in Coburg, Germany, on Nov 17, 1923, Harry Nomburg fled from Germany to the United Kingdom and fought with the British armed forces. He was attached as an interpreter to Commando Force. In this clip, Harry recalls landing on Normandy on D-Day, June 6.
Friday, October 18, 2013
Ernest James speaks of his participation as a United States soldier in the battle for Aachen, Germany, in October 1944. He explains how the United States armed forces surrounded Aachen and forced the German armed forces to surrender. It was October 21, 1944.  
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Kurt Messerschmidt, a cantor, reflects on the observance of Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, in the Theresienstadt ghetto, Czechoslovakia, in 1944. He describes the significance of the concluding service of Yom Kippur, the Neilah service (closing of the gates) followed by the long sounding of the shofar (ram’s horn).
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Jewish Holocaust Survivor Morris talks about spending Rosh Hashanah—the holiday commemorating the start of the Jewish New Year—in a labor camp in Frankfurt an der Oder in 1944. He recalls pleading with the camp barber not to shave his hair, because it was Rosh Hashanah.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Martin relates his experience of being liberated from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany in April 1945. Martin Aaron was born April 21, 1929, in Teresva, Czechoslovakia. Growing up in the nearby Jewish community of Sapanta, Romania, Martin recalls experiencing antisemitism, which intensified after Hungary annexed the area in 1940. In 1944, the Hungarians and Germans forced Martin, his parents, and five siblings to move into the Tacovo ghetto before they were deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Friday, November 1, 2013
November 2 marks the 70th anniversary of the mass deportation of the Karachai people, who Soviet authorities accused of having collaborated with the Germans during World War II. Over 70,000 Karachais were transported in cattle cars in deplorable conditions from the North Caucasus to Central Asia, beginning on November 2, 1943.