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Oral history interview with Sigmund Strochlitz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0030 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0397

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.

Sigmund Strochlitz, born on the first day of Chanukah in 1916 in Będzin, Poland, describes growing up in a close-knit Jewish family; attending Kraków University in 1936 and experiencing antisemitism there; his transfer to a Business Academy in Kraków, where his sisters also went to school; his family’s move to Działoszyce, Poland in 1939 because of his father’s fear about the approaching war; moving alone to Lwów (L'viv, Ukraine) in 1939 while the rest of his family moved back to Będzin; his return to Będzin at his father’s request; marrying Sabina Koninski in 1940; moving into the Będzin ghetto in the spring of 1943; his supervision of a group of farmers cultivating food in the ghetto because of his father’s connections with the Judenrat; his deportation to Auschwitz-Birkenau in August 1943 and remaining there until October 26, 1944; the immediate gassing of his parents, sisters, and wife upon their arrival; meeting his second wife and a close companion in the camp; his transfer to the Dautmergen concentration camp in Germany; and his liberation in April 1945.

Interviewee
Sigmund Strochlitz
Interviewer
Katie Davis
Date
1999 February 25  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
9 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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