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Oral history interview with Shmuel Milo

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.332 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0332

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Shmuel Milo (né Alexander Meller), born in the Suina region of Hungary (in Stakcin, Slovakia) on January 5, 1926, describes being the youngest of three children; his family; attending high school in Suina (Snina, Slovakia); not experiencing antisemitism; the war breaking out; being taken in trucks by Hungarians to the Kolomyya ghetto then to Horodenka, Ukraine and finally to Auschwitz in 1942; being in Block 11 in Auschwitz; being moved back and forth from Auschwitz to Birkenau (Auschwitz II); being in Block 13 in Birkenau; doing construction; the Sonderkommando, Blockalteste, and Stubendienst; the photos of himself and his father from Auschwitz and documents from the camp; his work in the latrines; being in Block 7A in Auschwitz and receiving construction training; falling sick with typhoid going went to the camp infirmary in Block 22 and 23; the orchestra in Auschwitz; conditions in the camp, food, clothing and different jobs; suicides and hangings in the camp; homosexuality and sexual abuse in his block; being transported to Mauthausen, just preceding the Russian’s arrival; being sent to work in Melk for three months; being transferred to Ebensee; working in an underground tunnel until May 7, 1945 when they were liberated by the Americans; returning to Hungary and reuniting with his sister; attending school in Budapest, Hungary for three years; immigrating to Israel; serving in the Israeli Army for 39 years before retiring; and his thoughts about his survival and how he deals with his past.

Interviewee
Shmuel Milo
Date
1998 January 15  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
5 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
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