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Oral history interview with Janek Dresner

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1284.2 | RG Number: RG-50.147.0002

Janek Dresner describes his family getting on the Brinnlitz list because his father had connections in Krakow, Poland and bribed Marcel Goldberg; the common knowledge in Płaszów of good conditions in Oskar Schindler's Emalia; Goldberg's unscrupulousness in compiling the list; being transported from Płaszów to Gross-Rosen; the pre-war life of his wealthy family in Krakow; the change for Jews during the German occupation; losing their home and business; the liquidation of the Krakow Ghetto in March 1943; their arrival at Gross-Rosen in 1944 and the procedures, their treatment, and the beatings; their arrival at Brinnlitz; the fears for the safety of women; Schindler rescuing them from Auschwitz; his feelings on their arrival at Brinnlitz; Schindler's code words to Brinnlitz inmates on SS visits; the lack of productivity at Brinnlitz; being accused of sabotaging a machine and receiving a hanging sentence; how Schindler's performance saved him; Schindler's motives and character; Schindler's speech to Brinnlitz inmates before their departure in May 1945 and his plea for the German nation; more on his experience being falsely accused of sabotage and how Schindler bribed the camp commandant Josef Liepold and his performance at trial saved Dresner's life; the theatricality of Schindler's farewell speech in May 1945; and Schindler's burial in Jerusalem in November 1974.

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Janek Dresner
Jon Blair
interview:  1983 May 19
Documentary films.
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Record last modified: 2020-04-07 10:59:55
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