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Oral history interview with Max Drimmer and Herman Shine

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.399 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0399

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Max Drimmer and Herman Shine discuss being childhood friends in Berlin, Germany prior to the war; how they were both taken to Sachsenhausen and kept from 1939 to 1942, after which they were moved to Auschwitz, where they worked building a new camp nearby; camp life and the brutality in the camps; Mr. Drimmer’s work at the crematoriums; witnessing a quashed riot of the prisoners in Sachsenhausen; escaping together from Auschwitz in 1944 with the help of Joseph Runner, a German engineer; hiding together in a hole dug up in a warehouse and then escaping at night, walking 18 km to Joseph's house; hiding in Mr. Runner’s barn for three and a half months; moving to Joseph's father-in-law's house in January 1945; going to Gliwice and hiding in the home of Mr. Shine's future wife, Marion Shlesinger, whom he met while working for the camp; hiding in the home of a German millionaire before being liberated by the Russians on January 27, 1945; returning to Gliwice and seeing the aftermath of the Russian soldiers; Mr. Drimmer reuniting with his future wife Helga; having a dual wedding on February 17, 1946; going to San Francisco, CA; their return to Auschwitz in 1989 in order to find Joseph Runner; their feelings that they had extreme good fortune to survive the camps; and the fates of their families.

Interviewee
Herman Shine
Max Drimmer
Interviewer
Anne Feibelman
Jane Goldman
Judy Wellisch
Lorene Wilk
Date
1989 November 15  (interview)
1990 April  (interview)
1996 January 15  (interview)
Language
English
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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