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Oral history interview with Chaim Engel and Selma Saartje Engel

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

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.


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Interviewee
Ms. Selma S. Engel
Chaim Engel
Interviewer
Ginger Miles
Date
interview:  1998 March 30
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
4 sound cassettes (74 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation