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Oral history interview with Jaques Strumza

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1272.154 | RG Number: RG-50.120.0154

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

Jacques (Ya'akov) Strumza, born in 1913, in Saloniki (Thessaloniki), Greece, describes his family; studying electrical engineering in Paris, France; the cultural life in Saloniki; being a violinist in an orchestra; joining the Greek Army and playing in the army band; relations between Jewish and non-Jewish populations in Saloniki; the introduction of the Nuremberg laws in Saloniki in July 1942; the SS closing the Baron von Hirsch quarter and making it into a ghetto in 1943; going on a transport train in April 1943, and arriving in Birkenau; being recruited as a violinist; being transported to Auschwitz as an engineer; working as an engineer in Messerschmidt air plane factory for six months; antisemitism from other inmates; camp life, the underground in the camp, and the revolt and the crematorium explosion; being accused of attempting an escape; the January 1945 death march to Buchenwald and Mauthausen; leaving Mauthausen with the advance of the French Army and being taken to Gusen; Gusen in detail; being liberated by the American Army in May after two weeks; not wanting to return to Greece; being sent to Nice, France, to recuperate; and later going to Palestine.

Interviewee
Jaques Strumza
Date
1991 March 28  (interview)
Language
Hebrew
Extent
6 videocassettes (U-Matic) : sound, color ; 3/4 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection
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