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Oral history interview with Ludwig Shonberg

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

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    Oral history interview with Ludwig Shonberg


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Ludwig Shonberg
    interview:  1989 July 07
    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.

    Rights & Restrictions

    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
    Shonberg, Ludwig.

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Ludwig Shonberg 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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