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Oral history interview with Sabina Callwood

Oral History | Accession Number: 2015.250.14 | RG Number: RG-50.882.0014

Sabina Callwood (née Wagschal), born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1936, describes her father, who was taken away in 1942 by the Gestapo; her mother staying with the children but becoming ill and having to be hospitalized; being registered with the Gestapo and going to an orphanage with her siblings; the director of the orphanage, Madam Rosi Rothschild; being fed and guarded; how Madam Rothschild could not save all her charges, but was able to save Sabina and her brothers; how Madam Rothschild wanted to help the Callwood children because she knew their mother was still alive; the need for the children to leave Antwerp to escape the Gestapo; being separated from her two brothers, who were taken to different shelters outside the city while she stayed in the orphanage; being very ill and almost dying of dysentery; how when the Nazis decided to make Antwerp Judenrein (free of Jews) in 1943, Madam Rothschild got permission to take her charges to Lasne, Belgium; being sheltered with the other children in a hospital for the handicapped; being sent to another orphanage in a hamlet at the end of 1944 and staying there until the end of the war; her mother surviving Auschwitz and looking like a skeleton when she came to collect Sabina; reuniting with her brothers; and ultimately reuniting with her father, who had survived by escaping a French labor camp pretending to be a Christian Deaf mute.

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Sabina Callwood
Esther Finder
1 digital file : MOV.
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United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Esther Toporek Finder
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:55:09
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