Oral History Interview with Jack Zaifman

Jack Zaifman, born in Radom, Poland on March 2, 1925 into an Orthodox Jewish family, describes his father, who was a merchant; attending public school and cheder until age 14; the savagery of the German bombing and invasion of Radom in September 1939; escaping from a round-up of Jews; bicycling to Wolanow and living for a year with a Jewish family until the small town was liquidated; being taken for slave labor at a nearby camp manned by Gestapo, Ukrainian, and Lithuanian guards; working as a tailor for the German Army; witnessing the massacre of 350 Jews and having to dig trenches to bury the dead; being ill with typhoid fever, when a righteous German soldier took him to the Radom Ghetto hospital; being sent to Blizyn labor camp, near the German border, where he was betrayed by a Jewish Kapo and severely beaten by guards when he tried to help another prisoner; how among the 3000 survivors (out of 10,000) of Blizyn, he was shipped to Auschwitz, where he sorted the clothing of the dead; being moved to Dachau, where he endured brutal labor, carrying cement; being sent on a death march from Dachau in April 1945; being liberated by Americans and taken to a hospital at Wolfratshausen, weighing 70 pounds; the Feldafing displaced persons camp, where he met and married his wife; moving to the United States in April 1949; and beginning to speak in high schools and colleges about his experience in 1977.

Date: 04/22/1985
Interviewer: Vivienne Korman
Interviewee: Jack Zaifman
Language: English
Subject: Concentration camp guards.
Concentration camp inmates--Medical care.
Concentration camp inmates--Selection process.
Forced labor.
Holocaust survivors--Marriage.
Holocaust survivors--United States.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Poland--Personal narratives.
Jewish ghettos--Poland--Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.--Poland.
Jews--Poland--Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie)
Mass burials--Poland--Wolanów.
Mass murder--Poland--Wolanów.
Prisoners--Abuse of--Poland.
Refugee camps--Germany.
Shooting (Execution)
Typhoid fever.
World War, 1939-1945--Concentration camps--Poland--Wolanów.
World War, 1939-1945--Conscript labor.
World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Poland.
Men--Personal narratives.
Feldafing (Germany)
Poland--History--Occupation, 1939-1945.
Radom (Województwo Mazowieckie, Poland)
United States--Emigration and immigration.
Wolanów (Poland)
Wolfratshausen (Germany)
World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Poland.
Zaifman, Jack, 1925-
Blizyn (Concentration camp)
Feldafing (Displaced persons camp)
Wolanów (Concentration camp)
Location: Radom, Poland
Gmina Wolanów, Poland
Blizyn concentration camp
Auschwitz concentration camp
Dachau concentration camp
Feldafing displaced persons camp
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