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Oral history interview with Samuel Friedman

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.24 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0024

Samuel Friedman, born in 1920 in L'vov, Poland (L'viv, Ukraine), describes being one of seven children; his parents having a wholesale paper products business; attending school and having private lessons for Jewish learning; leading a comfortable and cultural life; the businesses being nationalized and taken over by the Russians in 1939; staying in their home and trying to lead a normal life; the German invasion in 1941; being forced into the ghetto and the conditions there; his parents being deported and never seeing them again; working for the Germans doing odd jobs; being sent with many other young people in cattle cars to Auschwitz; being tattooed with a number; the various jobs in Auschwitz; inmates trying to help each other; psychological conditions of the inmates and strategies for survival, including having faith as well as singing and dancing; being evacuated from Auschwitz and taken to Germany near Munich; being liberated in May 1945; being sent to Switzerland with sick soldiers to recuperate; being brought back to Germany; one of his brothers surviving Auschwitz and immigrating to Israel; his sister surviving by working for a German family and immigrating to Australia; talking to his three children about their heritage; the effects of the war on him; and his life after the war.

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Samuel Friedman
Mrs. Toby Back
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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