04/11/07 Robert Lorei
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William Hauben was a teenager in Krakow Poland when the Nazis invaded his country in 1939. Immediately his life was changed. His family (a father, mother and brother) were forced to move into a 16 block area of Krakow, the Jewish ghetto, walled off from the rest of the city. Guards were stationed 24 hours a day at the three etrances to the ghetto. 

In this interview Hauben describes life under nazi rule, how he was forced to live in close and unsanitary conditions with other members of Krakow's Jewish  community, how dozens of members of his family were killed in the Holocaust, his eyewitness account of how non-Jews were also persecuted by the Nazis. Hauben says that several Polish citizens risked their lives to protect the Jewish people. He eventually was forced to work as an electrician, building concentration camps and ended up in a camp run by Amon Goethe, the vicious commandant portrayed in the film SCHINDLER"S LIST.

Hauben describes conditions in the camp, the killings that he witnessed, how he survived after being transferred to six separate camps and his eventual liberation by U.S. forces in May 1945.

 Hauben turned 85 last March and is a retired cantor living in Tampa. He's the author of a book called "FROM THE FLAMES: MIRACLES OF WONDER AND SURVIVAL".



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