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Oral history interview with David Schnitzer

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.136.1 | RG Number: RG-50.106.0209

David Leib Schnitzer, born in 1924 in Oświęcim, Poland, discusses his childhood; his family; his father’s concrete factory and how the equipment was confiscated by the Nazis in 1939; experiencing anti-Semitism at the public school; his father being attacked; hiding in a basement on September 1, 1939 because of the bombings; going by truck with his family to Kraków; returning to Oświęcim and volunteering in place of his father to clean up the old Birkenau army barracks as ordered by the Judenrat; wearing a yellow armband; seeing Heinrich Himmler; being sent to the Sosnowiec ghetto in early 1940; being deported to Blechhammer in 1941; conditions in the camp; being sent to Annaberg, Germany in 1942 and working on the autobahn; eating grass due to hunger; being sent to Graditz, Germany; having typhus; felling trees; being forced to walk to Langenbielau (a subcamp of Gross-Rosen) in early 1945; working on airplane parts; the SS guards running away in May 1945; being afraid to move until the Russians liberated the camp; staying on an estate guarded by Russians and recuperating; reuniting with his sisters and mother; staying in a displaced persons camp near Frankfurt; immigrating to the United States; working in the garment district in New York; and the continuing to be psychologically effected by his experiences in the Holocaust.

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Mr. David Schnitzer
Gail Schwartz
interview:  2013 July 17
1 digital file : WAV.