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Oral history interview with Irving Schaffer

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.1594 | RG Number: RG-50.477.1594

Irving Schaffer (né Ignatz Saffar), born in Chust, Czechoslovakia (now Khust, Ukraine), discusses his deportation to Auschwitz at the age of 13; his experiences in the camp; the brutality of the guards; the work he performed, including clearing the debris and bodies after the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising; his experiences on a death march as the Soviet Army advanced on Warsaw in September 1944; the terrible conditions and the high death rate; his arrival at Dachau; being transferred to Landsberg; the work he performed in an ammunition factory and the conditions in the camp; being transferred to another camp; the work he performed; a moment when the Germans pretended to release him with other prisoners, only to shoot them as they ran; being liberated; reuniting with his brother; their experiences in a displaced persons camp; immigrating to the United States; the thoughts that helped him to survive; and his activities at the World Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors in Jerusalem (in 1981).

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Irving Schaffer
interview:  1981 June 15
1 sound recording : WAV.
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: 2020-02-28 12:09:29
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