Tom Grossman, Part 2 | S.C. Voices: Lessons from the Holocaust


Tom Grossman, born May 1, 1927 in Budapest, Hungary, discusses his father, who was a retired army officer, and his mother; his two sisters; the interactions of Jews and non-Jewish; antisemitism in Hungary; the anti-Jewish laws; the creation of work camps in 1941-1942, which did not affect him; the yellow arm band; the German takeover in 1944 and the closing of schools and the curfews; attending a boarding school; the arrival of SS tanks in March 1944 and returning home; how Jews were required to turn in vehicles and valuables; the roundup of Jews; being sent by train to the ghetto in Sátoraljaújhely, Zemplén Megye, Hungary; life in the ghetto; being sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau; arriving in the camp and being separated from his mother and sisters; working in a stone quarry to build an airplane strip; being in the camp from April 1944 to February 1945; the hanging of prisoners who tried to escape; being beaten for trying to escape; the selections in the camp; being evacuated in February 1945 and marched to Flossenbürg; life in Flossenbürg; being sentenced to hang and saved by the Swiss Red Cross; being sent to Dresden to work for a few weeks; being marched again and experiencing two air raids; going to Theresienstadt; and meeting people from his hometown in the camp.


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