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Oral history interview with Sol Sloan

Oral History | Accession Number: 1990.338.53 | RG Number: RG-50.037.0053

Sol Sloan, born June 15, 1914 in Ruscova, Romania (a small town with about 600 families), describes his two sisters and two brothers, one of whom recently died in Israel; his family being quite poor; experiencing persecution in school; leaving home at age 13 to go to Arad, Romania and peddling; having a market stand and, for a while, a store; getting married at age 17; serving in 1939 in the Romanian army for a few months; having to do forced labor for a year in Ukraine around 1943; returning to his family and having to live in a ghetto; the conditions in the ghetto; being taken in 1944 with his family and parents to Auschwitz in a cattle car; conditions during the four day journey; being separated from his family, whom were killed; pretending to be a precision mechanic; being beaten; being taken after three weeks to France to work as a mechanic in a mine, where he got another man to help him fix a machine; being taken to Kochendorf concentration camp to work in a salt mine; losing weight because of the lack of food; being selected to go to Auschwitz to be gassed but because of some bombing they missed the train connection in Frankfurt; being taken to Allach, where he was supposed to work in a munitions factory; being too weak to work and surviving because of a more humane Nazi supervisor; volunteering to shovel snow; being caught stealing potatoes and receiving 25 lashes on his back and working to following day; being treated kindly by some of the Hitler youths who supervised them; getting a job taking food to another camp and working again as a mechanic; being taken by truck in March 1945 and liberated during the journey by Americans; a badge he had to wear when he was in Dachau; still being affected by his experiences, especially the loss of his daughter; people not believing his stories; and the importance of being careful because such things could happen again.

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Sloan, Sol
Back, Mrs. Toby
interview:  1989 May 23
1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2022-06-23 09:44:06
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