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Oral history interview with Saul Golan

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.688 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0688

Saul Golan discusses his childhood in Radom, Poland; his education in public and Jewish schools; his memories of anti-Semitism; his relationship with his stepfather, whose intellectual and political interests he admired; the invasion of Poland by Nazi forces in September 1939; being conscripted into forced labor; his removal to a restricted ghetto; relates his memories of selections and executions starting in August 1940; his mother and sister's deportation to Treblinka; being sent to a labor camp in June 1941; his ability to survive due to his value as a worker; his labor in a munitions factor; his escape from deportation to death camps; his brief reunion with his father; a series of dangerous encounters that he experienced; surviving in the countryside until his liberation, having been aided by his father's former customers; his return to Radom; the devastation he witnessed; his decision to leave for Palestine; traveling through Poland, Hungary, and Austria; visiting a transit camp run by the Jewish Brigade in Italy before boarding a ship for Palestine; his life in the Israeli underground, the Army, and the various work he did; changing his name to Golan; emigrating to the United States in 1954; marrying, having children, and establishing a successful construction business in Redwood City and Palo Alto.

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Saul Golan
Steven Lang
interview:  1996 January 17
interview:  1996 February 29
interview:  1996 March 22
Oral histories.
6 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 09:36:22
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