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Oral history interview with Ludwig Shonberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 2006.70.53 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0053

Ludwig Shonberg, born April 8, 1924 in Dortmund, Germany, discusses his personal details; his familial, educational, and social background; the boycotting of Jewish shops; his father and himself being imprisoned and their business being taken on Kristallnacht; being released from prison after one week; unsuccessfully trying to emigrate; having to do forced labor building roads and in mines from 1939 until 1940; being transported by train to Riga, Latvia in a normal train, not a cattle car; not being mistreated until he arrived at the Riga ghetto; after two days being sent to a labor camp; being sent to work at a furniture factory after four or five months; moving to another work camp where he sorted army equipment; going back to the ghetto in 1943; going to the railway workshop camp with his parents; how one week after the assassination attempt on Hitler, there was a big roll call, and that was the last time he saw his parents; the Russians nearing; going on a boat to Danzig and to Stutthof, then Stolp until February 1945; being brought back to Stutthof and being transported near Lubeck, where they stayed for two days; losing an eye when hit across the head at the field; going on a boat, and the boat being set alight, and saving himself by jumping overboard in May 1945; being hospitalized in Lubeck for four months; deciding what to do after liberation; going back to his home village, and working as a butcher before getting a visa and moving to Australia, where family helped him; and his life in Australia.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Shonberg, Ludwig
interview:  1989 July 07
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 20:11:16
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