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Oral history interview with Simon Stemer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.500 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0500

The interviews describe Mr. Stemer's childhood in Krasnystaw, Poland; his memories of the outbreak of war in September 1939 and the flight of many Jews to Russia; and his experiences living in Vilna with his sister. Mr. Stemer describes his experiences in the Ludmir ghetto (now Volodymyr-Volynskyi, Ukraine), escaping capture through the war years, and hiding in bunkers and sheds in Russia and Poland. Mr. Stemer talks about the fate of his family, who were deported to Sobibor in 1942. He discusses his life after liberation by the Russians, trying to avoid conscription in the Soviet Army and working in the black market, his immigration to the United States in 1947, and his life in the United States.

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Simon Stemer
interview:  1990 December 12
interview:  1990 December 13
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: 2020-03-26 09:35:26
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