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Oral history interview with Shlomo Shein

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

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.

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Shein, Shlomo
interview:  1992 December 28
6 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
Record last modified: 2022-06-24 20:19:05
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