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Oral history interview with Max Schindler and Rose Schindler

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1441 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1441

Rose Schindler discusses her experiences at Auschwitz beginning in 1944; the help she received from her two sisters and their efforts to survive; conditions in the camp, including the food, the crowding, and the ways that she maintained hope; returning to her home town in Czechoslovakia after liberation and finding no other relatives; traveling to Prague, Czech Republic; and going to a kibbutz in Bedford, England.
Max Schindler describes his experiences in Mielec, Poland beginning in 1943; the forced labor he performed in an aircraft factory, and the conditions there; his experiences during a German effort to move the factory to the salt mines in Wieliczka; his transfer to Plaszow, and the conditions there and the brutality of the guards; his experiences on a forced march to Terezin (Theresienstadt) during the winter of 1944-1945; the conditions in Terezin; being liberated in May 1945; suffering from typhoid for six weeks after liberation and his journey to a quarantine hospital for orphans in Windermere, England; Mr. and Mrs. Schindler describe meeting in Bedford, marrying, and eventually immigrating to the United States; and their methods of coping with their memories, as well as antisemitism in the United States.

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Mrs. Rose Schindler
Mr. Max Schindler
interview:  1983 April 10
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 09:42:30
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