Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Steve Collins - May 10, 1982


Steve Collins was born on October 7, 1918 in Płońsk, Poland--a small town located near Warsaw. Steve recounts life in pre-war Poland and his experiences during the beginning of the Second World War. When the war broke out in 1939, Steve fled to Warsaw and joined the Polish Army to fight the invading German forces. One night during combat, Steve managed to escape back to Płońsk. In Płońsk, Steve was placed in the newly formed ghetto. Steve was then transported to Prussia and from there sent to Auschwitz.

  1. Introduction
  2. Family and Life in Płońsk
  3. Pre-War Poland
  4. Pre-War Poland II
  5. Living Conditions in Płońsk
  6. Warsaw
  7. Return to Płońsk
  8. Judenrat in Płońsk
  9. Treatment by the Jewish Police
  10. Life in the Ghetto
  11. Conclusion

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