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Martin Schiller's Oral History
Martin Schiller, a retired electrical engineer and Holocaust survivor, was interviewed on June 13, 2013 by Mark Gerstein at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
This interview was conducted in English.
Martin Schiller was born in Poland in 1933.
Video highlights from this oral history
That's When I Fell In Love With The Nation of Israel: Singing While Baking Matzah2 minutes
"Shabbes for Me Was A Song From Friday Night Until The End": Celebrating Shabbes in Tarnobrzeg, Poland in the 1930s1 minute 34 seconds
Praying in Synagogue on the Eve of the Holocaust1 minute 50 seconds
Experiencing Polish Anti-Semitism As A Child Before WWII4 minutes 13 seconds
The People of Chelm and the Cat2 minutes 59 seconds
"A Tremendously Liberating Feeling": Sabotaging the German War Machine4 minutes 2 seconds
Debating the Existence of God During and After the Holocaust5 minutes 15 seconds
The Dilemmas Posed by Collective Punishment in Forced Labor Camps During WWII1 minute 41 seconds
Saving My Mother and Brother from Execution5 minutes 4 seconds
Learning Yiddish Songs From M. Shtrigler in Buchenwald4 minutes
A Fellow Yeshiva Student Questions the Holocaust3 minutes 8 seconds
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- Family histories
- Jewish Identity
- Yiddish language
- Immigration and migration
- Career and Professional Life
- Family traditions
- Jewish holidays
- Eastern Europe
- Cultural transmission
- Martin Schiller
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