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Oral history interview with George Salton

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0200

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

George Salton (né Lucjan Salzman), born on January 7, 1928 in Tyczyn, Poland, describes growing up in Byczyna, Poland; his family and childhood; the German invasion of Byczyna on September 8, 1939 and life becoming increasingly difficult; entering a ghetto with his family in the spring of 1942; being separated from his parents and forced to work in construction with his brother; his and his brother’s deportation to the Reischof work camp; his brother’s attempt to escape and never hearing from him again; being selected to clean toilets and discovering that it was a job that entitled him to have somewhat more freedom than he had previously had; his transfer to a camp near Wieliczka, Poland, where he had to break stones, and then to Flossenbürg, where he worked in the stone quarry; his arrival in the Colmar camp in France and working with Frenchmen; hearing about the Allied landing in Europe on D-Day and being forced to go to Sachsenhausen by train to escape from the Allied advances; the death march he went on to a camp near Braunschweig and then to a men’s camp near Ravensbrück, where the 82nd Airborne Division liberated him; staying in displaced persons camps in Germany for two years after the war; getting in touch with his uncle who lived in New York; and immigrating to the United States in October 2, 1947.

Interviewee
Mr. George L. Salton
Interviewer
Linda G. Kuzmack
Date
1990 October 10  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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