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Oral history interview with Shlomo Shein

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.139 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0139

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    Oral history interview with Shlomo Shein


    Interview Summary
    Shlomo Shein, born in Krakow, Poland in May 1920, describes the German entry into Krakow on September 6; the looting of Jewish homes for three days in December 1939; the ghetto opening in March 1941; the nature of Akiva youth movement; his work in a garage and role as translator between German managers and Polish workers; moving to ghetto and the living conditions; being involved in the underground and obtaining false papers; how Moshe Zuckerman was good at faking rubber stamps; being caught, arrested, and sent to Montelupich prison, Auschwitz, Golleschau, Mauthausen, Oranienberg, Flossenbürg, and Ganacker; spending two months in Auschwitz before being transferred to Golleschau, where was involved with quarry work lifting heavy stones; going by train to Mauthausen for one week and then to Oranienberg and Flossenbürg until March 1945; working in the Ganacker airport and being marched out of the camp; escaping the march and being taken care of by a Bavarian farmer whose son was in the SS; staying in the Eggenfelden displaced persons camp; the conditions in the DP camp and the black market; his journey to Palestine: traveling as illegal immigrants through several countries, boarding the Atlit, and being caught by the British after a three week trip and sent to Cyprus, where they spent eight months before going to Palestine; living four years in the Kibbutz; and serving in the army during the War of Independence.
    Shlomo Shein
    interview:  1992 December 28
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection

    Physical Details

    6 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Shein, Shlomo, 1920-

    Administrative Notes

    Nathan Beyrak conducted the interview with Shlomo Shein in Israel on December 28, 1992, for the Israel Documentation Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Archives received the tapes of the interview by transfer from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Oral History Dept. in February 1995.
    Funding Note
    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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