Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Fred Ferber - September 11 & 25, 2001


The following is an interview with Fred Ferber at his home in West Bloomfield, Michigan on September 11, 2001. The interviewer is Sidney Bolkosky.

Could you tell me please your name and where you were born.

My name is Fred Ferber. Ferber like F, like Frank, E, R, B, like boy, E, R. I was born in Swietchlowoice, Poland in 1930. Uh, that's where we lived the first three years of our lives.

Where did you move...


...from there?

My father and mother at that time had a small store selling food. However, things changed. Eh, was a depression, they lost the business. And we moved into at--three years later--sometime in 1933, we moved to uh, Chorzow. Chorzow is the largest city, it's got a very large uh, [pause] Chorzow, the name, actually Chorzow in German was Konigshutte uh, King City, Konigshutte uh, because it belonged to Germany a whole number of times. Uh, they had a very large uh, steel, steel making facility, uh. And it was called Krowleska Huta, which is the same as Konigshutte. Should we start from the beginning?

No, that's fine.

Oh, okay.

On, on this map um, what, what would you say would be the major city in this region?

The major city is Katowice.

Katowice. So it's an industrial area, Katowice.

It's a very industrial area, a uh, coal mining, tremendous amount of uh, coal mines.

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