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Oral history interview with Samuel Rosenberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 1989.346.62 | RG Number: RG-50.031.0062

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

Samuel Rosenberg (born on September 2, 1922 in a Polish town 100 miles east of Warsaw) describes his younger brother and sister; his father, who was a shoe merchant; growing up in a religious family; her family’s long history in the town; attending a public school then a religious school at age 14; antisemitism in the school; Zionism in his family and joining a Zionist movement when he was 11; how life changed around 1938; the German invasion; his Zionist group’s plans to form a resistance; the restrictions placed on Jews; having religious services in family circles at home; the creation of a ghetto in 1942; the organization of a Judenrat (Jewish council) and forced labor; hearing about the massacre of Jews in nearby towns; working in a nearby camp, working on the Autobahn; being transferred with his brother in 1943 to an airplane parts factory; punishments and food in the camp; the deportation of his parents; his sister, who was in a camp near them called Fischer; being taken to Auschwitz, where they stayed on the train; being taken to Plaszów for a few days and witnessing a massacre; being taken briefly to several camps before going to Floss, Germany then Flossenbürg camp; being in a separate barrack from his brother; food in the camp; working for Messerschmitt; being marched to Floss in April 1945; his brother’s death during a bombardment; being fed by local Germans; being taken to a hospital run by the US Army; and watching as the German townspeople were forced to witness the burial of camp victims.

Interviewee
Samuel Rosenberg
Date
1987 August 30  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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