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Oral history interview with Sylvia Schneider

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.98 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0098

Sylvia Schneider, born May 4, 1928, describes being raised in an Orthodox Jewish family; her father, who was a language teacher and was born in Belgium of Russian ancestry; her mother, who was from Poland; having a happy childhood; how around 1935 her sister Ruth was beaten by Hitler youth; her sister’s death in 1943 from a brain aneurysm while studying nursing in England; being deported on October 28, 1938 with Ruth and their mother, along with many others with Polish passports to Zbayyun; the freezing living conditions in 1938-1939 in the no man's land between the German and Polish borders; her family joining an aunt in Krakow, Poland in May 1939; going to Otwock, near Warsaw for she and her sister to await a Kindertransport ship to England; parting from their mother and experiencing unhappy stays in private homes and a children's hostel; the several caring women who befriended her; immigrating in 1947 to the United States; getting married and having a daughter; giving up her Orthodox religious faith when she learned that her mother was gassed at Auschwitz and her father died in another camp; and continuing to identify herself as a traditional Jew.

Interviewee
Sylvia Schneider
Date
1989 August 08  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, gift of the Holocaust Oral History Archive of Gratz College
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