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Oral history interview with Leo Samuel

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1257 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1257

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Leo Samuel discusses his childhood in Cherna, Czechoslovakia (now Ukraine); the effect of the economic depression of the 1930s on his family; his deportation to Khust in September 1939; the Hungarian annexation of the region; his work as a tailor in Budapest and Cherna; his experiences in the ghetto at Khust; the conditions in the ghetto; the things he had heard about the camps; his deportation to Auschwitz in early 1944; his separation from his family; his transfer to Plaszow; the conditions in Plaszow; the work he performed as a tailor; his encounters with Göth's assistant Wilek Chilowicz; his transfer to Melk (subcamp of Mauthausen) several months later; the conditions in Melk; the people he encountered; the help he received from a friend; the work he performed building tunnels and crematoria; his transfer to Ebensee; the work he performed in the kitchen; his liberation by the United States Army; his postwar life; his immigration to the United States; and his life in America.

Interviewee
Leo Samuel
Interviewer
Howard Felson
Lea Samuel
Date
1985 January 29  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:32:21
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