Oral History Interview with Sylvia Schneider

Sylvia Schneider, born May 4, 1928, describes being raised in an Orthodox Jewish family; her father, who was a language teacher and was born in Belgium of Russian ancestry; her mother, who was from Poland; having a happy childhood; how around 1935 her sister Ruth was beaten by Hitler youth; her sister’s death in 1943 from a brain aneurysm while studying nursing in England; being deported on October 28, 1938 with Ruth and their mother, along with many others with Polish passports to Zbayyun; the freezing living conditions in 1938-1939 in the no man's land between the German and Polish borders; her family joining an aunt in Krakow, Poland in May 1939; going to Otwock, near Warsaw for she and her sister to await a Kindertransport ship to England; parting from their mother and experiencing unhappy stays in private homes and a children's hostel; the several caring women who befriended her; immigrating in 1947 to the United States; getting married and having a daughter; giving up her Orthodox religious faith when she learned that her mother was gassed at Auschwitz and her father died in another camp; and continuing to identify herself as a traditional Jew.

Date: 08/08/1989
Interviewer: Eva Abraham
Interviewee: Sylvia Schneider
Language: English
Subject: Faith (Judaism)
Hiding places--Poland.
Holocaust survivors.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives.
Jewish refugees--England.
Jewish refugees--Poland.
Jews--Legal status, laws, etc.--Germany.
Kindertransports (Rescue operations)
World War, 1939-1945--Deportations from Germany.
World War, 1939-1945--Jews--England.
Women--Personal narratives.
Cologne (Germany)
Krakow (Poland)
Otwock (Poland)
United States--Emigration and immigration.
Schneider, Sylvia, 1928-
Location: Cologne, Germany
Zbąszyń, Poland
Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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