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Oral history interview with Itzchak Shverzentz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.150 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0150

Itzhak Shverzentz, born in Berlin, Germany on May 30, 1915, describes his father and Jewish home life; attending school; being in Jewish boy-scouts (Kadimah); antisemitism during his childhood and youth; Enzo Sereni as youth leader; taking refuge in Amsterdam then returning to Germany; taking teachers seminar in Cologne and teaching in southern Germany; working in the Aliyat Hanoar school in Berlin and participation in the youth underground in Berlin; the Kulturbund; changing his name from Hans Yoachim to Itzchak; Kristallnacht and males being deported to Sachsenhausen concentration camp; posing as an Aryan in September 1942; escaping Berlin through Schafhausen and arriving in Zurich, Switzerland in 1944 to a refugee camp, where there were also German army deserters; his release from the refugee camp; working with a Jewish orphan group from Bergen-Belsen, periodically returning to Germany in order to teach and talk with students about his experiences; and his reactions to neo-Nazism in Germany at present.

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Itzchak Shverzentz
interview:  1992 October 09
5 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2023-11-16 08:15:14
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