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First Person Podcast

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This podcast series features excerpts from interviews with Holocaust survivors presented at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's public program, First Person -- Conversations with Holocaust Survivors.

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This podcast series features excerpts from interviews with Holocaust survivors presented at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's public program, First Person -- Conversations with Holocaust Survivors.

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39 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
2
1
0
2

Wow

By Dancer124613 - Feb 04 2019
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I am in love with this, it is so good! It’s for all ages. I am a middle schooler so I am not very old but I love it. You should listen to it.

please listen and remember

By debbie1234 - Jul 30 2009
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It's important to remember. Listen to these stories
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First Person Podcast

Latest release on Sep 29, 2010

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This podcast series features excerpts from interviews with Holocaust survivors presented at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's public program, First Person -- Conversations with Holocaust Survivors.

Rank #1: Regina Spiegel: Separation at Auschwitz

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Regina Spiegel discusses her deportation from the ghetto in Pionki, Poland, and her arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi killing center. She and her boyfriend, Sam, were deported together in 1944 but were separated upon arrival at Auschwitz.

Jul 08 2009

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Rank #2: Helen Goldkind: Arrival at Auschwitz

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Helen Goldkind discusses her deportation and arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi killing center.

Jun 17 2008

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Rank #3: Helen Luksenburg: Survival in the Camps

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Helen Luksenburg discusses daily life, spiritual resistance, and forced labor in Gleiwitz, a subcamp of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Jun 03 2008

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Rank #4: Fritz Gluckstein: Protest at Rosenstrasse

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Fritz Gluckstein discusses multiple close calls with the Nazis in Berlin, his detainment at a Gestapo holding site at Rosenstrasse 2-4, and the subsequent public demonstration that brought about his release. I

Mar 26 2008

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Rank #5: Henry Greenbaum: Attempting Escape from a Slave Labor Camp

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Henry Greenbaum discusses his attempt to escape from a slave labor camp near Starahowice, Poland, with his sister Faige and a Jewish policeman in July 1944.

Aug 26 2009

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Rank #6: Martin Weiss: Selection at Auschwitz

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Martin Weiss discusses his deportation in May 1944 from the ghetto in Munkacs, then part of Hungary, and his arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi killing center.

May 05 2009

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Rank #7: Manya Friedman: Death March to Ravensbrück

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Manya Friedman discusses her evacuation from Gleiwitz, a subcamp of Auschwitz, to the Ravensbrück concentration camp in January 1945. In an effort to cover up their crimes and prevent prisoners from falling into enemy hands, the Nazis evacuated prisoners in what became known as death marches.

May 27 2009

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Rank #8: Charlene Schiff: A Daughter’s Separation from Her Mother

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Charlene Schiff discusses her and her mother’s escape in 1942 from the Horochow ghetto in Poland. Soon after their escape, Charlene was separated from her mother. She spent the rest of the war looking for her mother and hiding for her life in the forests.

May 19 2009

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Rank #9: Martin Weiss: Reflections on Liberation

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Martin Weiss discusses his liberation from Gunskirchen, a subcamp of Mauthausen, in 1945 and the days immediately following.

May 07 2008

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Rank #10: Frank Liebermann: Changes in Germany After Nazi Rise to Power

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Frank Liebermann discusses life in Germany after the Nazis came to power in 1933. Shortly after taking power, the Nazis began to eliminate individual rights and freedoms for Jews in Germany. This changed daily life for Frank and his family in many ways. Frank's father was a physician and it became increasingly difficult for him to practice medicine after 1933.

Jul 14 2009

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Rank #11: Leon Merrick: Evacuation and Arrival at Buchenwald

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In December 1944, as the Soviet army approached the slave labor camp in Poland where Leon Merrick was imprisoned, the Germans evacuated him to the Buchenwald concentration camp in Germany. Leon shares his recollections of the evacuation and his first day in Buchenwald.

Apr 29 2009

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Rank #12: Marcel Drimer: Escaping the “Concert of Death”

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Marcel Drimer, his sister, and mother hid in a wheat field while a German aktion—a violent operation against Jewish civilians— occurred in their town of Drohobycz, Poland, in August 1942.

Apr 15 2009

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Rank #13: Josiane Traum: Hiding in a Convent in Brugge

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Josiane (Josy) Traum discusses her memories of life in hiding at a Carmelite convent in Brugge, Belgium. In 1942, as conditions grew increasingly more dangerous for Jews living in German-occupied Belgium, her mother, Fanny, arranged to have Belgian nuns hide her three-year-old daughter in the convent.

Apr 27 2010

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Rank #14: Gerald Liebenau: Memories of Kristallnacht

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In today’s episode Gerald Liebenau discusses his memories of Kristallnacht, also known as the “Night of Broken Glass.” On November 9-10, 1938, a wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms erupted around Germany, leaving Jewish owned businesses and synagogues plundered and destroyed.

May 26 2009

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Rank #15: Haim Solomon: Hiding during the Pogrom in Iasi

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Haim Solomon discusses hiding during the pogrom that Romanian authorities staged against the Jewish population in Iasi, Romania, within days of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. Haim and his family hid in various different locations across the city. At least 4,000 Jews were murdered in Iasi during the pogrom.

Aug 19 2009

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Rank #16: Esther Starobin: Fate of Family that Remained in Germany

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Esther Starobin and her three sisters left Germany for Great Britain in 1939 as part of a special rescue of Jewish children known as the Kindertransport, or children’s transport. In this episode, Esther discusses how she learned the fate of her parents and brother who remained in Germany after she and her sisters had left.

Jun 02 2009

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Rank #17: Gerald Schwab: A German Jewish Refugee Returns as an American Soldier

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Gerald Schwab discusses his experience being drafted into the US Army in 1944 after fleeing Nazi Germany just four years earlier. After the war, he assisted with the trials of leading German officials before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.

Aug 05 2009

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Rank #18: Margit Meissner: Flight from Paris on a Bicycle

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Margit Meissner discusses her flight from Paris just before the city fell to the Germans in June 1940. Margit and her mother were Austrian citizens living in Paris, which meant they were considered “enemy aliens” because Austria was annexed by Germany in 1938. They were ultimately separated and Margit was left with the responsibility of getting safely out of Paris on her own.

Aug 12 2009

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Rank #19: David Bayer: Life After the German Invasion of Poland

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David Bayer discusses life in his hometown of Kozienice after the German invasion of Poland in September, 1939. Shortly after the invasion David and his family were harassed, humiliated, and subjected to acts of violence by the German occupiers and their collaborators.

Jun 16 2009

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Rank #20: Helen (Lebowitz) Goldkind: A Grandfather’s Humiliation

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Helen Goldkind discusses the humiliation she and her family experienced as they were forced by the Germans to move from their hometown of Volosyanka to the Uzhgorod ghetto in Czechoslovakia in 1944.

Jul 28 2009

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Holocaust Survivors’ Reflections and Hopes for the Future

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In today's episode, Holocaust survivors share their thoughts on the importance of speaking about their experiences. It is our tradition at First Person that each guest speaker ends the program with their "final words." In our final podcast of the series, we close with those thoughts, reflections, and hopes for the future.

Sep 29 2010

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Estelle Laughlin: The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

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Estelle Laughlin discusses the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, when German forces, intending to liquidate the ghetto on April 19, 1943, were stunned by an armed uprising from Jewish fighters. Estelle and her family hid in an underground bunker during the uprising but were eventually captured and deported.

Aug 11 2010

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Theodora Klayman: Shelter in Ludbreg

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Theodora (Dora) Klayman discusses surviving the war in hiding with her brother in Ludbreg, Yugoslavia. After her parents were deported in 1941, she spent the war first with her maternal aunt and then, after her aunt was denounced and deported, with non-Jewish neighbors.

Jul 13 2010

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Steven Fenves: Neighbors in Subotica

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Steven Fenves discusses being forced into a ghetto immediately following the German occupation of his hometown of Subotica, Yugoslavia, in March 1944. As his family was forced out of their home, they encountered a range of responses from their non-Jewish neighbors.

Jun 08 2010

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Alfred Münzer: Difficult Decisions in the Occupied Netherlands

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Alfred Munzer discusses the difficult decisions his parents, Dutch Jews, had to make after learning in early 1941 that they were expecting a child. Germany had invaded the Netherlands in May 1940 and conditions were growing increasingly difficult for Jews by the time Al was born.

May 11 2010

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Josiane Traum: Hiding in a Convent in Brugge

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Josiane (Josy) Traum discusses her memories of life in hiding at a Carmelite convent in Brugge, Belgium. In 1942, as conditions grew increasingly more dangerous for Jews living in German-occupied Belgium, her mother, Fanny, arranged to have Belgian nuns hide her three-year-old daughter in the convent.

Apr 27 2010

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Henry Greenbaum: Attempting Escape from a Slave Labor Camp

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Henry Greenbaum discusses his attempt to escape from a slave labor camp near Starahowice, Poland, with his sister Faige and a Jewish policeman in July 1944.

Aug 26 2009

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Haim Solomon: Hiding during the Pogrom in Iasi

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Haim Solomon discusses hiding during the pogrom that Romanian authorities staged against the Jewish population in Iasi, Romania, within days of the German invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941. Haim and his family hid in various different locations across the city. At least 4,000 Jews were murdered in Iasi during the pogrom.

Aug 19 2009

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Margit Meissner: Flight from Paris on a Bicycle

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Margit Meissner discusses her flight from Paris just before the city fell to the Germans in June 1940. Margit and her mother were Austrian citizens living in Paris, which meant they were considered “enemy aliens” because Austria was annexed by Germany in 1938. They were ultimately separated and Margit was left with the responsibility of getting safely out of Paris on her own.

Aug 12 2009

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Gerald Schwab: A German Jewish Refugee Returns as an American Soldier

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Gerald Schwab discusses his experience being drafted into the US Army in 1944 after fleeing Nazi Germany just four years earlier. After the war, he assisted with the trials of leading German officials before the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg.

Aug 05 2009

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Helen (Lebowitz) Goldkind: A Grandfather’s Humiliation

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Helen Goldkind discusses the humiliation she and her family experienced as they were forced by the Germans to move from their hometown of Volosyanka to the Uzhgorod ghetto in Czechoslovakia in 1944.

Jul 28 2009

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Emanuel (Manny) Mandel: Wearing the Yellow Star as a Child in Hungary

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Manny Mandel discusses wearing a yellow star as a young boy in Budapest. Hungary fell increasingly under the influence of Germany in the 1930s and joined the Axis alliance in 1940. During this time, Jews in Hungary were increasingly subjected to discriminatory anti-Jewish laws modeled on those in Germany.

Jul 22 2009

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Estelle Laughlin: Post-Liberation Struggles

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Estelle Laughlin discusses her liberation by Soviet troops in January 1945 from the Czestochowa concentration camp in Poland. In the days immediately following liberation, she and her mother and sister encountered both hostile and helpful people as they traveled through Poland and struggled to rebuild their lives.

Jul 21 2009

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George Pick: Antisemitism in Hungary

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George Pick discusses experiencing antisemitism as a young boy in Hungary in the early 1940s. Hungary fell increasingly under the influence of Germany in the 1930s and joined the Axis alliance in 1940. During this time Jews in Hungary were increasingly subjected to discriminatory anti-Jewish laws modeled on those in Germany.

Jul 15 2009

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Frank Liebermann: Changes in Germany After Nazi Rise to Power

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Frank Liebermann discusses life in Germany after the Nazis came to power in 1933. Shortly after taking power, the Nazis began to eliminate individual rights and freedoms for Jews in Germany. This changed daily life for Frank and his family in many ways. Frank's father was a physician and it became increasingly difficult for him to practice medicine after 1933.

Jul 14 2009

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Regina Spiegel: Separation at Auschwitz

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Regina Spiegel discusses her deportation from the ghetto in Pionki, Poland, and her arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi killing center. She and her boyfriend, Sam, were deported together in 1944 but were separated upon arrival at Auschwitz.

Jul 08 2009

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Julius Menn: Flight from Invading German Troops

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Julius Menn discusses his family's flight eastward from advancing German troops invading Poland in September 1939. Julius's family escaped from Bialystok, Poland, to Vilna, Lithuania, eventually making their way through the Soviet Union to Palestine, where they had previously lived.

Jul 01 2009

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Isak Danon: Attack on the Synagogue in Split

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Isak Danon discusses the attack on the synagogue in his hometown of Split, Yugoslavia, in the summer of 1942. Germany had invaded Yugoslavia in April 1941, and shortly after Split was occupied by the Italians, allied to Nazi Germany.

Jun 30 2009

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Fritz Gluckstein: Berlin in the Aftermath of World War II

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Fritz Gluckstein discusses life immediately after World War II in Berlin and his eventual immigration to the United States. Born to a Jewish father and Christian mother, he was classified under Nazi law as Mischlinge, of mixed ancestry, or part Jewish. He spent the war in Berlin assigned to various forced labor battalions.

Jun 24 2009

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Helen Luksenburg: Forming a Friendship in Gleiwitz

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Helen Luksenburg discusses forming a close friendship with Welek, now William Luksenburg, a fellow prisoner in Gleiwitz, a subcamp of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Jun 23 2009

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iTunes Ratings

39 Ratings
Average Ratings
34
2
1
0
2

Wow

By Dancer124613 - Feb 04 2019
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I am in love with this, it is so good! It’s for all ages. I am a middle schooler so I am not very old but I love it. You should listen to it.

please listen and remember

By debbie1234 - Jul 30 2009
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It's important to remember. Listen to these stories