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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

Max Drimmer and Herman Shine (ne Scheingesicht) 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 Wrona, a Polish fellow worker; hiding together in a hole dug up in a warehouse and then escaping at night, walking 18 km to Joseph Wrona's house in Nowa Wieś (Oświęcim county); hiding in Mr. Wrona'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 in 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 Wrona; their feelings that they had extreme good fortune to survive the camps; and the fates of their families.

Some video files begin with 10-60 seconds of color bars.
Shine, Herman
Drimmer, Max
Feibelman, Anne
Goldman, Jane
Wellisch, Judy
Wilk, Lorene
interview:  1989 November 15
interview:  1990 April
interview:  1996 January 15
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:13:15
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