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Oral history interview with Jean Louis Steinberg

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1281.2 | RG Number: RG-50.146.0002

Jean-Louis Steinberg discusses his life in prewar France; his father’s service in WWI; moving to Orleans, France after laws made it unsafe for grandes écoles students; his return to Paris, France; his apartment in the 14th Arrondissement with his family; his family’s lack of religious observances; his membership in a Communist Party resistance group in 1941; the roundups of Jewish citizens; his time in hiding for one to two days with non-Jews; his family's forged identity papers and freedom of travel; the resistance group order’s for him and two colleagues to go to Normandy and stay in Aubusson; witnessing the Dieppe raid and fleeing to Paris to his family home; being arrested with his parents and two brothers in 1944; his stay in Drancy; being deported with his family on the 76th convoy in June 1944 to Birkenau; being transferred to Monowitz work camp; conditions at Monowitz; his introduction to Alfred Besserman and recruitment into the communist resistance group in Monowitz; the group’s evacuation by the Gestapo on January 17, 1945 and the two day trek to Gliwice; being transferred by train to Mittlebau-Dora; working conditions at Mittlebau-Dora; the American liberation of the camp; his hospitalization until April 1945 because of an ear infection; returning to Paris on April 25, 1945; and his struggles with his communist identity after the war.

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Steinberg, Jean Louis
Wirtschafter, Yvette
interview:  1994 May 13
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:12:29
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