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Oral history interview with Jack Sanders

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.33 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0654

Jack Sanders (né Jacques Szakderman), born March 10, 1921 in Przytyk, Poland, discusses his family life and childhood in Poland; the naturalization of his family as French citizens; the family’s visit to Radom, Poland and their first experiences with antisemitism; the 1936 Przytyk pogrom; the first roundup of Jews in Paris, France in 1941; the first anti-Jewish measures in France; the notice to go to the Gare de l'est to report for work in German factories in 1941; his flight to Chalon-sur-Saone, France to the free zone; his detention by French police at the demarcation line; being sent back to France by Swiss immigration authorities; his return to an army camp in 1942; the French resistance; the sabotage of a French Navy fleet; the work of female maquisardes; his arrival with troops at the German border; learning to drive a tank; liberating Strasbourg, France; news from French police that his father had been detained in Drancy and later deported to Auschwitz; his return to Berlin, Germany with Colonel Clavier; his work with army intelligence services in Paris; his work investigating kapo abuses in the camps in May 1945; his assignment in Haifa, ISrael to guard crates of tractors, later converted into tanks and spare parts for planes used in Israel's 1948 War of Independence; and his immigration to the United States in 1960.

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Mr. Jack Sanders
Noemi J. Szekely-Popescu
interview:  2012 April 27
1 digital file : WAV.
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:25:36
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