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Oral history interview with Sylvia Schneider

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

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    Oral history interview with Sylvia Schneider


    Interview Summary
    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.
    Sylvia Schneider
    interview:  1989 August 08
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of the Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive

    Physical Details

    3 sound cassettes (60 min.).

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    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Schneider, Sylvia, 1928-

    Administrative Notes

    The Gratz College Holocaust Oral History Archive conducted the interview with Sylvia Schneider in Philadelphia, PA on August 8, 1989. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received the tapes of the interview from Gratz College on October 17, 2000.
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