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Oral history interview with Norma Schneiderman

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0287

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Norma Schneiderman (née Przepiorka), born on February 18, 1912 in Wegrów, Poland, describes her experiences with antisemitism in school; her family’s participation in several Zionist groups; the establishment of curfews when the Germans came into Wegrów in 1939, which led to her father’s murder when he broke curfew to come back from early morning prayers; hiding in the attic of the building where she had lived for a few days; her mother’s decision to leave to see her eldest son but being killed on her way; coming out of hiding and having to work for the Germans digging tunnels and ditches; marrying a man from Siedlce, Poland; being rounded up and put on a train to Treblinka with her husband, whom she never saw again; staying for one night with a Polish woman but leaving because the woman did not want her to stay; going to hide with her brother in the home of another Polish family; her brother’s worsening illness that led to his death while they were in hiding; leaving her hiding place near the end of the war and going to live in the woods, where she was unintentionally shot by Russian troops; going back to Wegrów and discovering some relatives who had survived; living with some of her cousins and eventually meeting her future husband; moving to the Föhrenwald displaced persons camp and getting married; and immigrating to the United States, with the help of her sister, in 1947.

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