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Working for Oskar Schindler

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Title

Working for Oskar Schindler

Subject

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

Description

Oral history video clip featuring Salomon Pila who survived the Holocaust. Taken from a video originally produced by University of South Florida Libraries Oral History Program, for the Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project.

Creator

University of South Florida Libraries Oral History Program

Source

Holocaust Survivors Oral History Project

Publisher

Tampa, Fla. : University of South Florida Tampa Library.

Date

2010-07-02

Contributor

Pila, Salomon
Ellis, Carolyn
Patti, Christopher
Duncan, Jane
Purnell, David

Relation

F60-00033

Format

video / mp4

Language

English

Type

Moving Image

Coverage

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)

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Transcription

I was with Schindler from 19—I was there for about a year, for a year. Then they sent me from—we was working for Schindler in the factory, and then they found my brother—there was two, three shifts, actually, and they found me and my brother; we was together, just about a little further away. So he worked for one machine and I worked for another machine. And then he catched a nap, and (inaudible) come to Schindler: he was a big Nazi from Prussia, come down to check how the people doing. Then Schindler come around with him, because he didn’t know if—Schindler would have known that he come then; he always used to know and he let us know before, so all people should work, should be all right. But that time, then, nobody know it. He didn’t know it, either.

So then Schindler—he was sleeping there, and he says, “Schick rauf”; that means they’re going to send him to Płaszów. Then he gave my—Schindler gave him a couple things, then he said, “Er hatte genug”; that means he’s got enough. And then a few days later they call him so he could send them—oh, the guys. There was, I think, about twenty, twenty-five people; I don’t remember exactly how many. He said, “Schick rauf”; that means he should send them back to Płaszów.

So then, me, not. I was not on the list, as my brother was. And then I went myself to Schindler and I begged him. I says, “You should let my brother here because—there was five brothers together; we was only two left.” And then he says he cannot do. I talked to myself to Schindler, said (inaudible)—you know, in German, if can be with me together. Then he says no; then three times he said, (inaudible) in German. Three times he asked me, and then I says, “Yes. If he don’t stay, I want to be with him together.” So they sent us to Płaszów.

Original Format

MiniDV

Duration

3:21

Compression

MPEG-4

Producer

University of South Florida Libraries, Holocaust and Genocide Studies Center

Citation

University of South Florida Libraries Oral History Program, “Working for Oskar Schindler,” USF Library Special & Digital Collections Exhibits, accessed August 5, 2020, https://exhibits.lib.usf.edu/items/show/1479.

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