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Oral history interview with Samuel Pivnick

Oral History | Accession Number: 1995.A.1285.47 | RG Number: RG-50.149.0047

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Samuel Pivnik, born 1926 in Bendzin, Poland, describes his family; his limited education because of the war; the German invasion; antisemitism pre-1939; the fate of Jews in the Polish Army captured by Germans; the degree of Polish collaboration with Germans; antisemitic effect of religious services on Poles; restrictions on Jewish civilians; the creation of a German administration of the area; the separation of Polish and Jewish communities; the establishment of a ghetto in July 1940; the selection of Jews for deportation; his German foreman; the arrival of German settlers; the Jewish administration; German round ups; restrictions on religious practice; being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1943; selections in the camp; the nature of his work; the execution of Polish partisans; various transports into the camp; contracting typhoid; being sent to Furstengrube in December 1943; resistance in Auschwitz-Birkenau; the treatment of inmates by Germans; the evacuation of camp and march to Gleiwitz then going to Nordhausen in late 1944; acts of cannibalism; obtaining bread and collecting snow to drink; conditions in Nordhausen; rations; travelling aboard a barge towards Lubeck in April 1945; the bombing and sinking of Cap Ancona in the Baltic in May 1945; escaping the sinking ship; their treatment in the barracks at Neustadt; the variation of treatment of Jews of different nationalities by Germans; his attitude towards survival; his attitude towards notion of revenge; and his belief that perpetrators should be punished.

Interviewee
Samuel Pivnick
Date
1985 August 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
3 sound cassettes (90 min.).
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