Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Michael Weiss - October 7, 1994


Michael Weiss was born in Kascony, Czechoslovakia in 1924. Michael recounts his experiences under the Czechoslovakians, Hungarians, and Germans, both before and during the Second World War. In 1944, Michael and his family were relocated from Kascony to the Hungarian ghetto of Beregszàsz (Berehovo). From Beregszàsz, Michael and his family were deported to Auschwitz, where his mother was killed by the Germans. From Auschwitz, Michael and his father were moved to Buchenwald and then on to Zeitz. Michael was eventually liberated by the American Army, but his father died in Buchenwald. After the war, Michael married in Vienna, Austria and moved to the United States with his wife to start a new life and a family.

Link to Portraits of Honor Project

  1. Introduction
  2. Pre-War Life
  3. Religious Life
  4. Religious Life II
  5. Hungarian Rule
  6. Hungarian Rule II
  7. Reflections on Religion and Tragedy
  8. Faith
  9. Kaddish for Family
  10. Arrival of the Germans
  11. Arrival of the Germans II
  12. Arrival of the Germans III
  13. The Beregszász Ghetto
  14. Transport to Auschwitz
  15. Arrival in Auschwitz
  16. Auschwitz
  17. Auschwitz II
  18. Buchenwald and Zeitz
  19. Zeitz
  20. Buchenwald
  21. Liberation
  22. Returning Home
  23. Post-War Life
  24. Talking to Family About the Holocaust
  25. Conclusion

© Board of Regents University of Michigan-Dearborn