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Oral history interview with Chaim Engel and Selma Saartje Engel

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1998.A.0060 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0014

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    Oral history interview with Chaim Engel and Selma Saartje Engel


    Interview Summary
    Chaim Engel and Selma Engel discuss how they met while being forced to dance at the Sobibór camp in Poland; their arrivals at the camp; how they were separated from their families; the layout of the camp; how they communicated within Sobibór; escaping from the camp during the planned uprising; their life in hiding; the birth of their first son; meeting Anne Frank’s father Otto Frank; trying to get back to Selma’s hometown in the Netherlands; how they survived after the war, their life in the Netherlands; their move to Israel; the growth of their family; their immigration to the United States and settling in Connecticut; sharing their stories with schoolchildren in Germany and the United States; their trips back to Germany to testify in SS Guards’ trials; how they feel about religion and Judaism; and their belief that the Netherlands was very antisemitic despite what is presented in the story of Anne Frank.
    Ms. Selma S. Engel
    Chaim Engel
    Ginger Miles
    interview:  1998 March 30
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation

    Physical Details

    Oral histories.
    4 sound cassettes (74 min.).

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    Administrative Notes

    Ginger Miles, on behalf of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, conducted the interview with Chaim and Selma Engel on March 30, 1998.
    Funding Note
    The production of this interview was made possible by Jeff and Toby Herr.
    The cataloging of this oral history interview has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
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