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Oral history interview with William Schneiderman

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0288

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William Schneiderman, born on June 15, 1911 in Stoczek Lukowski , Poland, describes experiencing antisemitism as he grew up; having a wife and four sons when the war broke out in Poland in 1939; joining the Polish Army and going to Warsaw to fight the Germans; the surrender of the Polish Army and walking back to Stoczek Lukowski, where he entered the ghetto; his deportation to Treblinka in 1942; reaching Treblinka and working on the construction of prisoner barracks; participating in the August 2, 1943 Treblinka uprising, of which only he and a few others survived; fleeing into the woods, where he met with other resistance fighters; buying food with the few gold pieces he had managed to keep; hiding in the woods until he was captured by the German army; escaping and hiding with a Polish farmer; the Soviet liberation of the area in which he hid and returning to Stoczek Lukowski, where he experienced several pogroms; moving around until he settled for a short while in Wegrów, Poland, where he met his future wife; going to the Föhrenwald displaced persons camp in Germany with his future wife, whom he married in the camp; and immigrating in 1947 to the United States.

Interviewee
William Schneiderman
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1994 September 21  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection