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Oral history interview with Solomon Petipa

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1072 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1072

Solomon Petipa discusses his childhood and young adulthood in Visk, Czechoslovakia; his experiences during the Hungarian occupation beginning in 1939; his experiences in a Hungarian labor brigade; the conditions and work he performed; being confined to a ghetto in 1944; being deported to Auschwitz; the cattle cars; the selections; his experiences in the so-called "Gypsy" camp; his transfer to Bunslau; the work in the camp; the food; the treatment of the prisoners by the guards; his experiences on a death march to Goerlitz, a subcamp of Gross-Rosen; his subsequent march to Nordhausen; his train journey to Bergen-Belsen, where he was liberated by the British in 1945; his experiences after liberation; the displaced person camps he lived in; his journey back to Czechoslovakia; the conditions in Czechoslovakia; his life after the war; his marriage in 1947; his decision to leave Bratislava; his immigration to the United States; his life in America.

Solomon Patipa
interview:  1989 February 27
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 09:37:24
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