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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.

Herman Shine
Max Drimmer
Anne Feibelman
Jane Goldman
Judy Wellisch
Lorene Wilk
1989 November 15  (interview)
1990 April  (interview)
1996 January 15  (interview)
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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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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