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Oral history interview with Stefan Kirsz

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.12 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0012

Stefan Kirsz, born in Krystonopol, Russia (present day Chervonohrad, Ukraine) in 1915, discusses fighting in the Polish Army in 1939; being captured as a prisoner of war; his release to Rawa-Ruska, Poland (present day Rava-Rus'ka, Ukraine); living a normal life under the Soviet occupation; moving to Belżec in 1940; training as an engine driver for trains; driving trains along the Belżec to Rawa-Ruska line; transporting prisoners to the Belżec killing center, including Jewish people and Polish prisoners; the German and Ukrainian guards on the train and at the Belżec station; the technical process of transporting prisoners to the killing center; hearing cries for water from the trains; the atmosphere of fear during the war; being unaware of how Jewish prisoners were executed; and the Polish and German station masters in Belżec.

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Stefan Kirsz
Michal Sobelman
Michael Tregenza
interview:  1998 March 13
1 videocasette (Betacam SP).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:38
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