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Oral history interview with Leo Samuel

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

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 Płaszów; the conditions in Płaszów; 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.

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Leo Samuel
Howard Felson
Lea Samuel
interview:  1985 January 29
2 sound cassettes (90 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:25:32
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