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Oral history interview with David Feuerstein

Oral History | Accession Number: 2013.294.19 | RG Number: RG-50.693.0019

David Feuerstein, born in Cieszyn, Poland in 1925, describes his orthodox family; being a part of the Zionist movement, Hashomer Hatzair; attending both a catholic school and a heder; how is faith helped him throughout the war; moving with his family in 1933 to Sosnowiec, Poland, where they had a diary store; going to the Hashomer Hatzair summer colony in Jeleśnia, Poland; seeing a tank for the first time; returning home in August 1939 and professing with his rabbi that Hitler would kill the Jews, which was met with disbelief; leaving for Katowice, Poland; being forced to clean the streets in 1941; how his family was sent to Auschwitz; how his mother corresponded with him until she, his father, and their three children were killed in the gas chambers on August 15, 1943; the survival of his little brother; being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau and living in block 8 with Dutch Jews; a day in the camp; receiving his tattoo in 1942; being sent to Warsaw, Poland, with 1,000 other Jews; being quarantined upon arrival; working in the kitchen for the SS; working with the resistance in Warsaw and Auschwitz and killing a few Nazis; fighting in the forest on August 15, 1944; becoming a lieutenant in the Polish army; traveling to Switzerland illegally; being helped by the American embassy in Zurich, Switzerland; living in Argentina and Chile; his reflections on the war years and his survival; how Stalin lied to the Allies and they could have stopped the war 25 months earlier; his admiration of Churchill; his belief that whoever is silent is an accomplice; how he is not looking for vengeance; and still having dreams of the war.

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David Feuerstein
Ximena Hinzpeter
interview:  2010 February 23
Oral histories.
2 digital files : MOV.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Fundación Memoria Viva
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:27:15
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