Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Harry Praw - June 30, 1982


Harry Praw was born in Łódź, Poland in 1929. He lived in a small apartment in the city with his parents, grandfather, five sisters and three brothers. Following the German occupation of the city in September 1939, Harry and his family were deported to the Jaslo ghetto. From Jaslo, Harry and his family were separated and he was sent to work in various labor camps including Skarżysko, Częstochowa, Buchenwald and Dora. The British Army liberated Harry in Bergen-Belsen in April 1945. He was the only one from his family to survive. Harry moved to the United States with his wife and son in 1949.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Life Before the War
  3. Religious Life
  4. Start of War
  5. Being Taken by the Germans
  6. Being Transported to Jaslo
  7. Life in Jaslo
  8. Being Transferred to a Smaller Town
  9. The Gestapo Begins to Kill Jews
  10. Being Taken to Labor Camp
  11. Life in Labor Camp
  12. Work in Labor Camp
  13. Being Transferred to Skarżysko
  14. Life Under the Jewish Police
  15. Working for the Gestapo
  16. Surviving in Camp
  17. Life in Częstochowa
  18. Evacuating from Częstochowa
  19. Being Taken to Buchenwald
  20. Being Transferred to Dora
  21. Life in Dora
  22. Working in Dora
  23. Life in Dora
  24. Being Transferred to Bergen-Belsen
  25. Liberation
  26. Problems After Liberation
  27. Moving to Frankfurt Am Main
  28. Łódź After the War
  29. Moving to the United States
  30. Arriving in New Orleans
  31. Life in New Orleans
  32. Life in New Orleans II
  33. Visiting New York
  34. Moving to New York
  35. Meeting Family in New York
  36. Life in New York
  37. Conclusion

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