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Oral history interview with Sam Pick

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.22 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0022

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    Oral history interview with Sam Pick


    Interview Summary
    Sam Pick, born October 27, 1924 in Pabianice, Poland (near Łódź), describes his family’s Orthodox background and his father’s prosperous textile business; the persecution during the first years of the war; being sent to a labor camp in 1941 in Zbąszyń, Poland; arriving in the camp and working on German railroads under supervision of the Bahnpolizei (railway police); the conditions in the camp and having sufficient food to survive; being sent with his fellow inmates to Auschwitz in June 1943; being recruited after three weeks to work on the cleanup of the ruins of the former Warsaw ghetto; how is group of 80 prisons were the only polish speakers of the some 9,000 workers sent to Warsaw; conditions while working in Warsaw for a year; finding valuables in the rubble, which eventually helped him to survive; being sent to Dachau concentration camp in Germany, where he worked in underground hangars on German fighter-planes; winding up in the Tyrol, Austria, where he was supposed to work on the "Nazis redoubt” towards the end of the war; being liberated by the United States Army near the Starnberg Sea in Bavaria; being reluctant to tell his story until recently; how he believes his story is common and Elie Wiesel's and Primo Levi's wonderful retellings of their experiences; and attributing his survival to the grace of God and simple luck.
    Sam Pick
    Pauline Rockman
    interview:  1995 December 27

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

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    Pick, Sam, 1924-

    Administrative Notes

    Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre conducted the interview on December 27, 1995, in Melbourne, Australia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acquired the tape of the interview in July 1996.
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