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Oral history interview with Sigi Isak

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.980 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0980

The interview describes Mr. Isak's childhood in Berlin, Germany, his career in accounting, his arrest in October 1938 and his forced removal from Germany to Poland. Mr. Isak recalls his experiences in forced labor in a ghetto in Bochnia, Poland after the German invasion of Poland in 1939, where he remained until the middle of 1943. He describes his marriage while in the ghetto to Rachel Strum, and their subsequent separation and deportation to separate concentration camps. Mr. Isak describes his experiences in Płaszów labor camp, in Gross-Rosen working in a quarry, his transfer to Langenbielau (now Bielawa, Poland), and his liberation by Russian troops in 1945. Mr. Isak discusses the fate of his family members, including his father's death in Oranienburg, his mother's deportation to a death camp in 1942, and the survival of his two sisters, who fled to Palestine and Romania. He describes his debilitated state after liberation, his return to Poland to find his wife, and their stay in Munich until their immigration to the United States in 1951.

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Sigi Isak
interview:  1991 February 19
1 videocassette (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 09:36:56
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