Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Nathan, Bernard, and Samuel Offen - September 3, 1987


The Offen family was from Kraków, Poland. The brothers tell stories of their life in the Kraków ghetto, Płaszów labor camp and Mauthausen concentration camp. While at Płaszów, Bernard and other children were transported out of camp, most likely to be executed. However, Bernard managed to escape and was then smuggled into another sub-camp to be with an uncle. The family was later reunited at Płaszów until they were sent to Mauthausen. After arriving at Mauthausen, Bernard and his father were separated from Sam and Nathan and sent to Auschwitz. Shortly after arriving at Auschwitz, their father was "selected" by Dr. Mengele and sent to the gas chamber. After the war, Sam and Nathan went to Italy where Bernard later found them.

  1. Introduction
  2. Mauthausen
  3. Liquidation
  4. Germans Invade
  5. The Ghetto
  6. The Ghetto II
  7. Separation
  8. Typhus
  9. Płaszów
  10. Kraków
  11. Transport
  12. Wieliczka
  13. Wieliczka II
  14. Transport II
  15. Auschwitz
  16. Goeth
  17. Goeth II
  18. Remembering
  19. Liberation
  20. Mauthausen II
  21. Americans
  22. Americans II
  23. Searching
  24. Reunited
  25. Remembering
  26. Conclusion

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