Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Maurice Chandler - October 3, 1993


The following is an interview with Maury Chandler at his home in West Bloomfield, MI, in the evening of October 3, 1993. The interviewer is Sidney Bolkosky.

Can you tell me please your name and where you're from?

My name is uh, Maurice Chandler. And I come from a small town in Poland by the name of Nasielsk.



And where is that located?

It's approximately uh, 40 or 50 kilometers west of Warsaw, Poland.

So, you were not far from Warsaw?

Right, it's about an uh, was hour's ride by train from Warsaw.

Tell me something about your life before the war in your hometown.

Well our city consisted of about uh, I'd say about 3,000 Jewish people. The whole town consisted of maybe four or five thousand people altogether. The majority was Jewish and uh, I was a little boy going to cheder and to yeshiva. The, the uh, city was uh, quite organized. It had a Jewish council...

Before the war?

Before the war, yes, and it had a home for the aged. It had the uh, they called it in Hebrew a ???. It was a home like for wayfarers. People would come in for one night. Strangers would come to town, they would have a place to stay. And also, the uh, council would uh, organize help for the poor Jews, you know, in Passover time and the holiday time and stuff like that.

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