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Audio/visual
Atlanta, Georgia
November 15, 1995
Tapes/transcript
28 pages
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Jacob Kahan was born and raised in Lodz, Poland. He was 13 when the war started. His father, Moses, was drafted into the Polish army at the beginning of the war and never returned. His mother, Malka, and his sisters, Rose and Sara, tried to flee to Russia but they had to turn back. In November 1939 the Kahan family was removed by the Germans from Lodz and pushed into a ghetto in Krosno (Poland/now Ukraine). Jacob was selected for labor and sent to various camps in Poland and Germany including Rzeszow, Plaszow, a brief stay in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Czestochowa and finally Dora-Mittelbau in Nordhausen, where he worked as a slave laborer on the construction of V-1 and V-2 rockets. At the end of the war, Jacob was sent to Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany where he and his friends were dumped and left to die. Jacob and his friends escaped from Bergen-Belsen and survived in the countryside until they were liberated by the British. After the war, Jacob searched for any remnant of his extended family and found none. His immediate family had been murdered when the ghetto in Krasno was liquidated in 1942. Jacob immigrated to the United States and settled in Atlanta, Georgia. Jacob discusses his family and life after the war, Jewish tradition and the skills he used to survive in the camps. Jacob discusses his time in Plaszow in detail, including interactions with Amon Goeth, the commandant, and he relates rare information on the conditions at the terrible Dora-Mittelbau camp in Nordhausen.

OHC-Jacob Kahan (1)

Jacob Kahan (1928 -2005) - Oral History

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Kahan, Jacob (1927 - 2005)


Kahan, Moses


Kahan, Malka


Shoe Industry and Trade


Kahan, Rose


Kahan, Sara


Bar Mitzvah
Judaism - Customs and Practices

Judaism--Customs and Practices


Łódź (Poland)
Poland

Lodz (Ghettos: Poland)
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945); Ghettos: Poland

World War, 1939-1945


Ghettos: Poland
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)


Holocaust Survivors


Jews - Persecution


Pabianice, Poland
Poland

Krosno, Poland/Ukraine
Poland; Ukraine

Slave Labor
World War, 1939-1945

Rzeszow, Poland
Poland

Kraków (Poland)
Poland

Plaszow (Concentration Camps: Poland)
World War, 1939-1945; Concentration Camps: Poland; Slave Labor Camps: Poland

Auschwitz-Birkenau (Concentration Camps: Poland)
World War, 1939-1945; Concentration Camps: Poland

Czestochowa, Poland
Poland

Dora-Nordhausen (Concentration Camps: Germany)
World War, 1939-1945; Concentration Camps: Germany

Dora-Mittelbau (Concentration Camps: Germany)
World War, 1939-1945; Concentration Camps: Germany

Bergen-Belsen (Concentration Camps: Germany)
World War, 1939-1945; Concentration Camps: Germany

Liberation
World War, 1939-1945 - Concentration Camps: Country

United States


Poland. Wojska Lądowe
Armed Forces

Slave Labor Camps: Germany
World War, 1939-1945

Concentration Camps: Germany
World War, 1939-1945

Concentration Camps: Poland
World War, 1939-1945

Slave Labor Camps: Poland
World War, 1939-1945

Emigration and Immigration


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