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Oral history interview with Charles Siegman

Oral History | Accession Number: 2003.181 | RG Number: RG-50.030.0477

Charles Siegman (né Jechiel Sigmann), born in 1935 in Scheveningen, Hague, Netherlands, discusses his childhood; how anti-Jewish laws in the Netherlands after the German occupation impacted him; the decision for his family to separate and go to different hiding places; his placement, along with his older brother and sister, in an orphanage; his parents' and eldest brothers' deportation to Westerbork and then to Auschwitz where they perished in 1943; his and his siblings' deportation to Westerbork; his experiences in the children's barrack at Westerbork; his and his siblings' deportation to Theresienstadt, where they were cared for by Malka and Paul Weinmann; the daily routine in Theresienstadt; missing the chance to escape to Switzerland; the days leading up to his liberation by Soviet troops; being found by relatives, the Bergers, who had survived in hiding in the Netherlands; he and his brother being sent to the United States to live with relatives; his sister being taken in by relatives in Switzerland; and his life in the United States.

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Charles Siegman
Joan Ringelheim
interview:  2003 July 24
Oral histories.
7 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:35:57
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