Jewish survivors of the Holocaust

Perl, Josef, 1930- (1 of 4) The Living Memory of the Jewish Community

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  • Subjects

    Camp experiences

  • Recording date

    1988-09-05; 1988-09-29; 1988-09-30

  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Living Memory of the Jewish Community

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home

  • Interviewees

    Perl, Josef, 1930- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Soetendorp, David, (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Soetendorp, David

  • Abstract

    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.

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    Full transcript of the interview

  • Related links

    Voices of the Holocaust - link to learning materials based on the moving stories of Jewish Holocaust Survivors on the British Library Website

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