Jewish survivors of the Holocaust
Perl, Josef, 1930- (3 of 4) The Living Memory of the Jewish Community
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1988-09-05; 1988-09-29; 1988-09-30
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The Living Memory of the Jewish Community
Perl, Josef, 1930- (speaker, male)
Soetendorp, David, (speaker, male)
Talks about birth and childhood in Ukraine; orthodox Jewish family; part of cohesive provincial Jewish community. Religious and secular schools; describes typical day. No anti-Semitism until Hungarians took control. Teachers' influence on pupils. Memories of German occupation, 1940. Deportation of Jews. He saw the executions of his mother and sisters by sonderkommando. Escape; long story of escape/imprisonment in German camps, 1941-1945. After liberation, prolonged attempt to return home. Hospitalisation, failure to find home, culminating in desire to start a new life in England. Arrival in England; successful integration with support from the local Jewish community in Brighton; marriage; becoming part of a new community; bringing up a family; explaining the Holocaust experiences to his children. Reconciliation with the past. Reflections on lessons learned.