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Oral history interview with Simon Aufschauer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1997.A.0441.144 | RG Number: RG-50.462.0144

Simon Aufschauer, born on February 15, 1915 in Zolkiew, Poland (now Zhovkva, Ukraine), discusses being a member of Betar; being in the Polish Army; the German invasion and being taken as a prisoner of war; escaping; returning to Lvov (now L’viv, Ukraine); working as a furrier; being drafted into the Russian Army and fleeing; the German occupation of Soviet territories; the murder of 2,000 Jews from the Lvov Ghetto in April 1942; his mother being deported to Belzec; being deported to Janowska in 1941; being sent to Plaszow in 1943; being transferred to Gross-Rosen in 1944; being in Reichenbach (Langenbielau) when the camp was liberated by the Soviets on May 8, 1945; religious observance in the camps; the crematoriums in the camps; meeting his wife in a displaced persons (DP) camp; getting married in August 1945; and immigrating to the United States.

Interviewee
Simon Aufschauer
Interviewer
Josey G. Fisher
Date
1982 May 13  (interview)
Extent
2 sound cassettes (60 min.).
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, gift of the Holocaust Oral History Archive of Gratz College