Document Type

Oral History

Publication Date

December 2008

Creation Date


Publisher Information

Florida Holocaust Museum in conjunction with University of South Florida Tampa Library and Holocaust & Genocide Studies Center


Atrocities, Canada, Cohen, Israel I., Concentration camps, Crimes against humanity, Genocide, Germany, Holocaust survivors, 1939-1945, Kaufering, Liberation, Poland, World War, 1939-1945


This is an oral history interview with Holocaust survivor Israel I. Cohen. Cohen was born in Lodz, Poland and was first imprisoned in the ghetto there in 1939. He spent the next six years in concentration camps, ending up in Kaufering, from which he was liberated on April 27, 1945. In this interview, Cohen describes the last few days in Kaufering before liberation and the beginning of his recovery. The guards burned the barracks, and Cohen spent several hours hiding in a pile of corpses before the Americans arrived. He spent the night at a German farmer's house before being taken to a hospital and then to a displaced persons camp in Landsberg. Cohen's memoir, Destined to Survive, was published in 2001.

Physical Information

1 sound file (28 min.) : digital, MP3 file + 1 transcript (14 p.)