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Oral history interview with Murray Pantirer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1284.13 | RG Number: RG-50.147.0013

Murray Pantirer describes his family in Krakow, Poland; life in Krakow from 1939 to 1941; his decision to volunteer to work for the Germans; building Płaszów in 1942 and witnessing Amon Goeth's first atrocities; the shooting of Diana Reiter; Goeth's reprisal for a work party escapee; the liquidation of the Krakow Ghetto in March 1943 and helping with the body disposal; his siblings being shot by Oder; the story of his parents' murder in 1942; the health aktion in Płaszów in May 1944 and his brother's selection for Auschwitz; his first encounter with Oskar Schindler's kindness in providing food and water for Jews in cattle trucks and the dangers of his action; being sent to Gross-Rosen in October 1944 and getting on the Brinnlitz list; the “miracle” of being saved from genocide; his view of Schindler's motives, including humanity and the importance of bribes and charm; opening frozen railway cars in early 1945 full of Hungarian prisoners, saving as many people as they could, and Emilie Schindler's efforts to help nurse the survivors; Schindler's reaction upon seeing the event; his tribute to Schindler in naming building works after him and raising money for the Oskar Schindler Scholarship at Jerusalem University; Schindler's changing attitude towards Nazism; and the non-productivity of Brinnlitz illustrating Schindler's humanity.

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Mr. Murray Pantirer
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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