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University of Houston. Blum, Morris - Blum transcript, 1 of 1. November 18, 2004. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 2, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory/item/78/show/77.

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Title Blum, Morris
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  • University of Houston
Creator (Local)
  • Houston History Project
Contributor (Local)
  • Sheena, Shannon, interviewer
  • University of Houston, project
Date November 18, 2004
Description This is an oral history interview with Morris Blum conducted as part of the Houston History Project.
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  • Emigration and immigration.
Subject.Name (Local)
  • Blum, Morris
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • interviews
Language English
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Original Item Location ID 2006-005, Box 9, HHA 00549
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Transcript HHA# 00549 Page 1 of 5 Interviewee: Blum, Morris Interview Date: November 18, 2004 1 The University of Houston Interviewee: Morris Blum Interviewer: Shannon Sheena November 18,2004 Houston, Texas1 University of Houston Houston History Archives Sheena: Blum: Sheena: Blum: Sheena: Blum: This is Shannon Sheena interviewingMorris Blum on November 18, 2004 at his home on Braesvalley. I came to America in 1949, and lived with my uncle Louis Blum in Nashville. My wife was of the museum and she likes to work helping people. We wanted to help them since we had the assets to help somebody else. But she always is involved in some community affair. She likes to do and help, just like Tina likes to do the same thing. Yes, she is always involved in something. Yes, and she volunteers the same way. So, she is very much involved in it and we enjoyed living in Houston. Our children are okay, and we are very sad about Glenda because we did not realize what it means for parents to lose a child. We hope it never happens again to anybody, but that's the way life is. What were your parents' names? My father's name was Elimelech Blum. My mother's name was Brana. We were all together seven children. My oldest brother was Shmulick and I were the only survivors.2 University of Houston Houston History Archives Sheena: Blum: Sheena: Blum: Sheena: Blum: Sheena: Blum: No one else from your family survived? No, Lee, my brother, and I were the only ones. The rest, all of them got killed. The one that came with you here? My brother came, yes. He died here. He had his own store on the [furniture] freeway. Oh yes, I have seen it down on the Beltway. Yes. How old were you when you were sent to the concentration camp? That is a very good question. When they took us to the concentration camp at Auschwitz, I was about 22 years old and Lee was 2 or 3 years younger than I am. I took them [siblings] away because I saw how the Nazis would send children to the gas chambers, and they were not going to live. I am talking about Lee, my brother, and the younger one also. The Nazis took them away and they went to the gas chambers. [Ann Blum elaborated on this story, adding that Morris hide his brother Lee behind his3 University of Houston Houston History Archives back and hid a younger sibling inside his coat. However, the Nazis saw the younger sibling and dragged himaway]. Sheena: MB: Sheena: Blum: Sheena: When did you last see your parents? When we came to Auschwitz in the winter of 1941. I remember it was very, very cold, and they got killed the same day probably. It was like a death factory. My older brothers and sister, and my parents all disappeared in the gas chambers. Did they come knock on your door? How did they round up the Jews in your town? They told all the Jews to come to the middle of the city and they loaded them up on trucks. Would you like to add any other information to your interview? Thank you so much for your time.4 University of Houston Houston History Archives INDEX America, 1 Auschwitz, 1, 2 Blum: Ann, 2 Brana, 1 Elimelech, 1 Glenda, 1 Lee, 1, 2 Morris, 1 Shmulick, 1 Tina, 1 camp, concentration, 2 community, 1 gas chamber, 2 Jews, 3 Nashville, 1 Nazis, 2, 3 winter, 3