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Oral history interview with Solomon Fox

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0322

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Solomon Fox, born on September 2, 1922 in Lódz, Poland, describes his family and schooling; the German invasion on September 1, 1939 and the loss of his family’s business two weeks later; his mother leaving after curfew and disappearing; escaping to Warsaw with his father, brothers, and sister; and finding an apartment across from Pawiak Street; returning to Lódz and discovering that his mother was in prison; his mother escaping from prison in the winter of 1940 and never hearing from her again; the establishment of the Lódz ghetto in 1940; people in the ghetto preparing for their children to be taken away during selections; being forced to work for the Germans; the Criminal Police calling his father on April 16, 1942 and then the rest of his family on the 17th to see if they had any hidden money; the black market inside of the ghetto; attempting to have a normal life and attending concerts; the death of his father in November 1942; staying in the ghetto until its final liquidation in fall 1944, when he was deported to Sachsenhausen; being sent on a death march towards Berlin from April 25 to May 2, 1945; his liberation by American forces and going immediately to a hospital in Bergen-Belsen to recover; the Red Cross taking him to Sweden on July 7, 1945 with his brother; reuniting with his pre-war girlfriend and marrying her; immigrating to the United States in 1949; and the importance of religion in his life today.

Interviewee
Solomon Fox
Interviewer
Randy M. Goldman
Date
1995 April 13  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
6 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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Record last modified: 2018-01-22 11:13:43
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