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Oral history interview with Sol Lurie

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0039 | RG Number: RG-50.549.02.0031

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Sol Lurie discusses the change in relationships between Jews and Christians in Kaunas, Lithuania once the war started; when Poland was invaded by both the Germans and the Russians; living in the Kaunas ghetto; the ghetto killing grounds; his time in Birkenau; being liberated from Buchenwald by the Americans; the death of his brother; traveling to France; finding his relatives in the United States; immigrating to the United States on the S.S. Marine Flasher; his goal to outlive Hitler; daily life in New York; returning to Germany as an American soldier; becoming an American citizen; meeting his first wife and getting married; raising a family; reuniting with other children who survived Buchenwald; his views on religion and fate; meeting his liberator in New York; reasons why survivors should talk about the Holocaust; his views on US politics; being a member of the Knights of Pythias; his thoughts on Israel; his post-war family; the death of his first wife; and marrying his second wife and starting a new family.

Interviewee
Sol (Shaya) Lurie
Interviewer
Steve Roland
Date
1998 November 30  (interview)
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
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