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Oral history interview with Sami Schonberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.35 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0035

Sami Schonberg, born in 1917 in Olmitz, Czechoslovakia (possibly Olomouc, Czech Republic), discusses his family background; moving to Belgium in 1919; not foreseeing the German occupation; the increasing restrictions and chaos for Jews; trying to go to southern France with his sister, but getting caught and imprisoned separately during August 1942; being moved around prisons until October 1942; someone discovering that he had false papers and sending him to deportation barracks; hearing about “what happens to Jews” and deciding to jump the train to the camp in January 1943; going to Brussels to receive help from Professor Perlman; receiving false papers; being taken into hiding with his cousin and his cousin’s girlfriend; renting a room in a pub for 3-4 months; disobeying the orders for Belgian Jews to come to the Gestapo headquarters and instead fleeing; going back to his cousin’s place to go back into hiding; being liberated by the British and American armies; having a hard time making ends meet until 1960 when he got a job near Lyon, France; and moving to Australia after being encouraged to do so by a relative.

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Schonberg, Sami
interview:  1990 March 05
1 sound cassette.
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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.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:11:15
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