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Oral history interview with Stefan Ostapiuk

Oral History | Accession Number: 1998.A.0300.183 | RG Number: RG-50.488.0183

Stefan Ostapiuk, born on January 17, 1925 in Osowa, Poland, discusses the transition camp for the Jews built near Osowa during WWII; the transition camp covering the area of a few abandoned farmsteads and that no additional buildings were constructed in the camp; Jews being brought in from Warsaw and Łódź to live in the barns from spring to early fall and their forced labor; his memories of the Jews as passive and docile despite the scarcity of camp guards; the local population supplying the Jewish laborers with food in exchange for money or personal belongings; the abuse and killings of the Jewish prisoners by the Germans; a German commander named Bajka; the mass killing of Jews by the Germans near the local river (possibly the Tarasinka River); escorts of Jews from Włodawa and Sawin to the Sobibór death camp; local partisans killing one of the German commanders; Polish women arriving in the area to engage in prostitution with the Ukrainian guards; the escape of Jewish prisoners from Sobibór in 1943; and his visit to the Sobibór camp after its liquidation.

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Stefan Ostapiuk
interview:  2003 July 10
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, courtesy of the Jeff and Toby Herr Foundation
Record last modified: 2021-02-16 15:52:43
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