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Oral history interview with Sol Shaya Lurie

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0141

Sol Shaya Lurie, born on April 11, 1930 in Kaunas, Lithuania, describes his family and early childhood; not knowing much about the situation with Hitler in Europe in the 1930s; traveling by horse and wagon toward Russia once the war began in 1939; returning to Kaunas because no one would take them in Russia; being forced to move into the Slobodka ghetto; being hidden near the ghetto in a farm by a German commandant during a round-up of children; meeting underground fighters but being too young to participate; the mass liquidation of the Slobodka ghetto in July 1944 and being forced onto a train with his family to Landsberg; his transport to Dachau, where he stayed for two weeks with several other children until they all went to Auschwitz-Birkenau; working on a farm near Auschwitz and managing to steal food; going on a death march from Auschwitz and American troops liberating him and others on April 11, 1945; discovering that his father and brother were alive after the war; immigrating to the United States on April 15, 1947; and dealing with his memories of his trauma after the war.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Sol (Shaya) Lurie
Joan Ringelheim
interview:  1993 July 08
Oral histories.
3 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:29:50
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