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Oral history interview with Peter Engelman

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.14 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0014

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    Oral history interview with Peter Engelman


    Interview Summary
    Peter Henry Engelman, born May 15, 1924 in Prague, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), discusses his childhood; Nazism and antisemitism in Prague before the war; being in the Prague ghetto for two and a half years; being transported to Theresienstadt; the ghetto and Jewish leaders; jobs and living conditions in the ghetto; ghetto administration and law enforcement; being moved to a labor camp during the summer of 1944; being transferred to Auschwitz; the conditions at and the administrative structure of Auschwitz; Mengele and medical experiments in the camp; the camp guards; communication in the camp; escape and resistance; interpersonal relationships in the camp; being selected to work in a factory in an “Außenlager” associated with Buchenwald in Taucha, Germany; escaping and being transported to the main camp in Buchenwald; being transferred to Mauthausen; his failed escape attempt; successfully escaping from the camp; the conditions in Buchenwald; life after the war; and immigrating to Australia in 1949.
    Peter Engelman
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

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    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Peter Engelman for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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