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Oral history interview with Alina Schwarzbaum

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.177 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0177

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    Oral history interview with Alina Schwarzbaum


    Interview Summary
    Alina Schwarzbaum (née Rotner), born May 15, 1924 in Miechow, Poland, describes growing up and moving to Sosnowiec, Poland before the war; leaving school early upon outbreak of the war; her family having to close their bookshop; being sent to the ghetto in 1942; deciding to not do what the Germans said; escaping a roundup of Jews by hiding in vegetable fields; spending time in Katowice and Königshuette (Chorzów, Poland) throughout the war; being arrested and convincing the guards not to execute her; surviving the war and returning to Poland; learning that she was the only survivor from her family; living in Katowice and Germany after the war ended; and immigrating to Australia in 1956.
    Alina Schwarzbaum
    Pierre Lang
    interview:  1991 May 21
    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 Alina Schwarzbaum 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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