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Oral history interview with Lewis Fagen

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1284.3 | RG Number: RG-50.147.0003

Lewis Fagen describes his pre-war life in Krakow; his father’s bicycle business; the effects of the German invasion on the Jews including forced labor, taking Jewish wealth, and inflicting violence; being in the Płaszów camp in 1942 and the desecration of a Jewish cemetery; his first encounter with Amon Goeth's brutality; other incidents and being fearful; his knowledge of Oskar Schindler and the good conditions at Emalia; his father's friendship with Raimund Titsch; help given to Jews by Julius Madritsch; getting onto the Brinnlitz list; the cynical view of Schindler's motives in helping Jews; his views of Schindler's uniqueness; the appalling treatment at Gross-Rosen; 'deliverance' by Schindler; his feelings on the arrival of women at Brinnlitz from Auschwitz; the lack of productivity at Brinnlitz; the fear instilled by Goeth's visit to Brinnlitz; Schindler's techniques for dealing with Brinnlitz camp commandant Josef Liepold; Emilie Schindler's role nursing his sister, Janka; replacing his glasses; the sacrilege of using Jewish tombstones; Emilie Schindler's behavior to Janka Feigenbaum; the value of Schindler's gift of cloth to Brinnlitz inmates; listening to Churchill's victory speech in Brinnlitz; the involvement of the Polish underground in Brinnlitz; Schindler providing weapons; the uniqueness of Schindler saving whole families; and Schindler's changing motivations, but his desire to protect despite the danger to himself.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Lewis Fagen
Jon Blair
interview:  1983 May 12
Documentary films.
1 sound cassette (90 min.).
Record last modified: 2020-04-07 10:59:55
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