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Oral history interview with Sami Schonberg

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

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    Oral history interview with Sami Schonberg


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Sami Schonberg
    interview:  1990 March 05
    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 Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Schonberg, Sami, 1917-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Sami Schonberg on March 5, 1990 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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